Keeper keen to come back to QPR
PUBLISHED: 15:17 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:58 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky CARL Ikeme wants to rejoin QPR in the future – even if he is sacrificed in favour of another loan signing this week. The on-loan goalkeeper could return to Wolves before Thursday s transfer deadline to make room for an outfield loan, probably
By Ben Kosky
CARL Ikeme wants to rejoin QPR in the future - even if he is sacrificed in favour of another loan signing this week.
The on-loan goalkeeper could return to Wolves before Thursday's transfer deadline to make room for an outfield loan, probably a defender, in the Rangers squad.
Football League regulations only allow five loan players to be included on matchday and QPR have six - Adel Taarabt, Jay Simpson, Matt Hill, Marcus Bent and Tamas Priskin, in addition to Ikeme.
But the 23-year-old, who has been an ever-present since making his Rs debut at Blackpool in mid-January, told the Times: "If Wolves wanted me to go out and play somewhere else again, I'd love to come back to QPR.
"It's a good club with great fans, I've been happy to be here and I've really enjoyed working with everyone, especially Rousey [coach David Rouse].
"It's been tough at times but it's been good to keep playing and not be disrupted by injuries. I think the West Brom game was the highlight because we needed a little lift then, the fans got right behind us and that game kick-started things.
"My loan finishes in April and I'd have to go back then regardless. They can't renew the deal because of League regulations, so there's no choice and that's unfortunate.
"My goalkeeping coach at Wolves, Pat Mountain, has been to watch a few games here, but I've not really spoken to the club about the situation - I've just been concentrating on playing and trying to do well.
"I totally understand the reasons if I go back a bit earlier - it's been made clear it'd be for the good of the team. Obviously I'll be disappointed if I can't play any more but I respect the decision."
Rangers manager Neil Warnock rarely included a goalkeeper among his substitutes when he was in charge at Sheffield United and Crystal Palace - and will gamble on Radek Cerny remaining fit for the remainder of the campaign.
"We'll not be having six or seven loan players next year," Warnock declared. "I'd like to keep two or three of them but I'm excited at the prospect of bringing my own players in.
"There's a possibility that we might let Carl go back, if we can bring in another player in a different position. I'd like to bring someone in before Thursday and I'm not worried about having just one goalkeeper."
Rangers may also seek to offload one or two squad players before the loan deadline passes, having already allowed Gary Borrowdale to join Charlton until April 15.
The left-back, who cost the Rs £700,000 from Coventry in January 2009, performed solidly during the first half of the season and made a total of 26 appearances, mostly under Jim Magilton, but his stock fell again when Rangers loaned Matt Hill from Wolves at the end of January.