Irish prodigy Ryan Manning’s star has continued to rise since Ian Holloway took the reigns at the London side back in November.
Having been stuck in the reserves under former Rs boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Manning had been told he had no future at the Loftus Road club but he has – since the turn of the new year in particular – proved he is worth keeping hold of.
The club’s faith in the former Galway United man was displayed on Friday with the reward of a new two and half year contract, and he has already begun repaying QPR with an all-important goal to secure a point against Fulham in their Championship encounter on Sunday, which finished 1-1.
Following a poorly weighted pass-back, the 20-year-old quickly pounced and converted neatly through the legs of David Button.
Still sitting in a lowly 17th place, QPR have their work cut out for the rest of the season, but if the Ireland underage international can keep on improving they will be much more confident of finishing in mid-table at the very least.
As for Fulham, this result dents their promotion hopes somewhat, as they now sit five points off the final playoff spot.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena