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Grego-Cox eager for first-team action

REECE Grego-Cox admits he would be interested in a loan spell in a bid to take his career to the next level.

The 20 year-old has been at QPR since the age of 14, but has made only six first-team appearances to date.

After netting the winner in the Under-23s’ 5-4 victory at Charlton on Monday afternoon, which followed on the heels of a hat-trick for the Republic of Ireland Under 21s against Israel, Grego-Cox told www.qpr.co.uk: “You have to play the 23s as if it were a first-team game because there’s people watching you and it’s a chance to show what you can do.

“I always try to score goals and play the best that I can.

“All I can do is work hard. Whether you are involved in the first team or not, you’ve just go to keep doing what you can to impress.

“I want to play for QPR but what’s more important for me now is to be playing first-team football. If that means going out on loan, then that’s something that I’m interested in doing to help me develop.

“I know I need to play competitive football consistently at the age I am now and at this stage of my career.”

Grego-Cox , a QPR supporter, admits he is his own harshest critic, and his three goals in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 Euro qualifier win eight days ago was just what he needed.

“It has been a great couple of weeks for me,” he said.

“Going away internationally and scoring a hat-trick, and then coming back and scoring the winner for the 23s in a very exciting game, it’s been great.

“I had a good chance during our 0-0 draw with Norway four days before the Israel game and missed it, so I really felt like I needed that early goal against Israel.

“To go on and score a hat-trick meant a lot to me.”

Paul Hall’s Under 23s came back from 3-0 down to be drawing 4-4 at Charlton before Grego-Cox netted the winner.

Despite playing an integral role in the comeback – including winning a penalty – Grego-Cox wasn’t satisfied with his performance.

“I was annoyed because I hadn’t scored,” he said. “And if I hadn’t got the winner, in my eyes, I would have had a bad game.

“I always think that way. If I don’t score, I’ve not played well. Even if I’ve actually done well or maybe got an assist, that’s how I see it.

“I’m a striker and I want to score goals. I will always have that mentality.”

I’m a striker and I want to score goals. I will always have that mentality.

Reece Grego-Cox