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Michael Doughty can get better and better, says Ian Holloway

PUBLISHED: 14:10 19 January 2017

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London

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QPR boss Ian Holloway believes he can help Michael Doughty take his game to the next level.

Holloway, who recently recalled the midfielder and his team-mate Darnell Furlong from their loan spells at Swindon Town, says the 24-year-old has a big part to play in his first-team plans.

He said: “I’ve always liked Doughty myself. He’s played over 140 games, so it’s not like he’s lacking experience.

“I think I can get more out of him as well, so he’s got a bright future at this club.

“I was looking in on the situation in the summer and I was pretty shocked he was loaned out again, but that’s different people’s opinion.

“Getting him and Darnell back are like new signings for me. I’ve made three of them so far [with Kazenga LuaLua].

“I knew from the day I got this job that these two lads would have a big future under me.

“Unfortunately I had to be harsh with some other players, as I knew I had these lads coming back and I know what other areas I need to strengthen in.”

The Times understands that a further four new faces could arrive at Loftus Road between now and the end of the window, but Holloway says potential signings will not be chasing the money to join the Rs.

He added: “The players who come to sign for QPR in this transfer window won’t be coming for the money, those days are long gone at this club.

“They’ll be coming to play and wanting to be a part of this team, who to be fair are given me absolutely everything at the minute.

“Behind the scenes people are working their socks off to try and help me get what I want and implement the things we want to do as a club.”

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