Chris Ramsey has given me the belief I can break into QPR's first team, says Brandon Comley
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 September 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Brandon Comley says the faith Chris Ramsey has shown in QPR's youngsters has given him hope he can become a first-team regular this season.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who made his Premier League debut for the Rs back in May against Leicester City, is highly-rated by the club’s hierarchy and continues to impress for the Under-21 side, most recently standing out in their 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest last Friday at Loftus Road.
Comley (pictured) told the Times: “When you get to play in the Under-21 games he [Ramsey] just wants you to dominate games, run your socks off and leave your legs on the pitch. He was having an effect on things even before he became head coach. He was with us in the youth team trying to push us on and get us into the first team.
“He was getting us to train against the first team and play against them too. Taking that next step has given me more belief and confidence, as I’m sure it has with the other lads, that we have a real opportunity to make that step up.
“It is the same working with Paul [Hall] in the Under-21s as it was with Chris. There’s a real focus around the club to bring through homegrown players and that obviously gives me real incentive that I can make the grade at QPR.”
Comley has played once for the senior side already this season, in a 2-1 defeat to Carlisle United last month in the Capital One Cup, and says he is confident of forcing his way into Ramsey’s plans, but knows he has a fight on his hands to do so.
He added: “There’s been a lot of new faces coming in over the summer, especially in midfield, which of course then makes it harder for me to get into the squad.
“Up until now I think I’ve held my own, though, and believe I am improving day by day.”
One midfielder the youngster looks up to is fans’ favourite Alejandro Faurlin, a player he says has similar attributes to himself.
“I love watching Ale play, he’s always moving, getting on the ball and I always try to put that into my game. He’s a midfield player of real quality and someone I look up to for sure,” he said.
“I’m positive about the future and believe I can play a part in the club’s long-term vision here.”