MICHAEL Petrasso has committed his future to QPR by signing a one-year contract extension, which will keep him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2018.
The 21-year-old has already been with the club for five years, and he was delighted to extend his stay in west London.
“I’ve been at QPR since I was 16 and I love the club, so I am really happy to be staying here for longer,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We’ve seen a lot of youngsters get the chance to play for the first team and that’s a great motivation for all of us.”
Petrasso was part of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s 26-man squad for our pre-season tour of the Netherlands, but injury has so far prevented the winger from featuring this term.
The Canadian international suffered a quad injury five days before the season opener against Leeds United, and has been sidelined ever since.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, with Petrasso targeting a return to fitness next month.
“I’m aiming to be back to full training in a fortnight, and with the international break coming up that will give me an extra bit of time to get fit,” he said.
Having watched fellow academy graduates such as Olamide Shodipo, Osman Kakay and Niko Hamalainen make their competitive debuts this season, Petrasso is all-the-more determined to be available for selection as soon as possible.
“When you see your friends playing, it’s like a tease,” said Petrasso, who has amassed ten first-team outings to date.
“I feel like we have a gaffer who has faith in youngsters. You can see it in training – boys from the Under 23s often get called over to train with the first-team, and he watches them and is always giving advice.
“The manager has a genuine interest in developing his players, which is a great thing to have at the club because it encourages players to stay.
“He likes to give youngsters the chance – and you can see with the players this season, that they have made the most of those opportunities and earned the right to play for the first team.
“I am focused on getting back fit and then earning a regular spot in the first team. That has to be my aim now. Playing for QPR is my goal.”