QPR youngster Nikko Hamalainen has agreed a two-year extension to his contract, extending his stay at Loftus Road to 2019.
The 19 year-old joined the R’s from FC Dallas Academy in the summer of 2014, and has made huge progress during his two-and-a-half years with the club, culminating in his first-team debut against Sunderland in the EFL Cup in September.
The full-back has made three further appearances since, including his full league debut at Sheffield Wednesday last month.
“It’s great that QPR sees a future in me,” Hamalainen told www.qpr.co.uk after penning his new deal.
“Hopefully I can keep performing as I have been, and just get better and better.
“Over the next two years I really want to become a regular in the squad, and push hard to become the starting left-back.”
While the likes of Jake Bidwell and Jack Robinson stand in his way, Hamalainen says their help and guidance in training has enabled him to improve as a player.
“They both really help me, and give me a lot of advice with shape, how far off the centre-back I need to be, and different things like that,” Hamalainen explained.
“They have got lots of experience so it’s great for me to train with them and learn from them.”
Hamalainen’s target now is to impress new boss Ian Holloway, and first team coach Marc Bircham. The pair have already made it clear exactly what they expect from anyone who pulls on the blue and white hoops.
“They want the best out of everyone,” Hamalainen said. “They want us to work hard, never give up and wear the QPR badge with honour – that’s what I will be looking to do.”