DESHANE Dalling has agreed a new one-year deal, keeping him at QPR until 2021.
The club also have the option to extend the contract by a further 12 months.
It represents a successful start to the new year for Dalling, who made his professional debut as a substitute in our 5-1 FA Cup win over Swansea City in January.
The 21-year-old joined QPR from Huddersfield Town during the 2017/18 campaign.
Now, in his second full year with the R’s, the tricky winger is looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Ebere Eze and Ilias Chair who have successfully stepped up from U23s football to become important members of Mark Warburton’s first-team.
“I am delighted to sign for another year with QPR – now I just want to crack on and keep pushing,” Dalling told www.qpr.co.uk.
Reflecting on his appearance against the Swans, a smiling Dalling admitted: “It was a dream – I was over the moon and my family were over the moon.
“I wanted to show the gaffer and the supporters what I could do. Having them behind me was amazing and to get good feedback from the gaffer was great.
“To date, it is probably the best day of my life!”
And as he watches his former 23s team-mates flourish, Dalling says their presence in the first team is helping him with his development.
“It’s a confidence boost,” he explained. “I have a good relationship with all of them, and they are always talking to me and motivating me. It just makes me want it more and more.
“It’s like having a load of big brothers! Even when I am training with them, they are guiding me. It’s really special.”
Dalling suffered a knee injury which sidelined him for four months shortly after he joined the R’s, but that’s behind him now and he is more motivated than ever as he looks towards the future and breaking into the first team fold.
“It’s hard to describe but it feels so close,” Dalling added. “It’s like reaching for something that you can almost grab!
“The injury was a blessing in disguise because it has given me that extra fire and hunger. It’s put me in a good place.
“This is a crucial time for me now.”