WINGER Olamide Shodipo was relieved to be back out on the pitch after seven months of injury woes.
The QPR youngster returned to action earlier this week in the Under-23s 1-0 win against Coventry City at Loftus Road.
Shodipo played 65 minutes for the first time since tendonitis in his Achilles ended his loan spell at Port Vale last March.
“It’s been a long seven months so I’m grateful and excited to be back on the pitch,” Shodipo told www.qpr.co.uk. “The last time I played was the end of March for Ireland’s Under-21 side.
“I had an tendonitis problem in my Achilles which had been an issue for a while and then it just blew up. I’ve had to strengthen it a lot and build myself back up to finally start playing.”
Shodipo’s spell at the Valiants saw him make six appearances after manager Ian Holloway sent him out on loan.
But after missing all of pre-season and the start of the new Championship campaign the 20-year-old is keen to make up for lost time.
“I’m not really used to getting any injuries to be honest so it hit me hard and the period I was out for was tough,” he said.
“I just want to get back on the pitch and show what I can do. I went on loan last year but I’d like to stay here and prove myself for QPR this season.
“I just want to build my fitness back up and hopefully if I perform well I can get an opportunity with the first team.”
And Shodipo did his chances no harm against the Sky Blues at Loftus Road when his 37th minute goal handed Paul Hall’s Under-23 side a 1-0 victory.
It was enough to send the R’s development squad top of the Professional Development League table in front of a watching Holloway.
“To score felt good after being out for so long,” he admitted.
“The Under-23’s are doing well this season, we’ve beaten the team that was top of our league and gone to the top ourselves.”