Olamide Shodipo signs new QPR deal

QPR youngster Olamide Shodipo has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road.

The 19-year-old winger, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season in W12, has penned a contract extension until the summer of 2019.

The Republic of Ireland teenager has made five starts and four substitute appearances in the Sky Bet Championship so far this term, as well as starting two EFL Cup ties.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, the R's Academy graduate - who initially joined Rangers as a 15-year-old - expressed his delight at putting pen to paper.

"I am really pleased," he said.

"It's been a crazy few months for me, and to get this contract feels like a reward. I have worked hard but I’ve got to make sure I keep that going.

"It has been an amazing experience to be involved with the First Team. It’s new surroundings and new pressures, but that’s something I have to learn to deal with."

Shodipo was keen to thank his team-mates, as well as the R's fans, after agreeing a new deal, adding: "The likes of Nedum Onuoha, Tjaronn Chery, Seb Polter and especially Karl Henry have really helped me. They tell me to keep working hard, keep pushing, and never switch off.

"The fans have been great to me as well. They have given me a real boost and you can sense they really want me to do well, which is a brilliant feeling for me to have."

Shodipo becomes the fifth Academy graduate to commit their future to QPR in recent weeks, following hot on the heels of team-mates Michael Petrasso, Osman Kakay, Niko Hamalainen and Chris Paul in agreeing terms.

He added: "That shows there’s a real link between the Academy and the First Team, a genuine pathway for the younger players.

"You can see there is a real chance for players to make the step up and play in the First Team."

It's been a crazy few months for me, and to get this contract feels like a reward.

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