Henry: I'd love to stay at QPR but whatever happens the club has a bright future
PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:25 10 April 2016
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Karl Henry is unsure where his future lies next season - but he believes he can hold his head high if his time at Loftus Road is coming to an end.
The 33-year-old is one of nine players whose contracts expire at the end of the season, and the experienced midfielder is no nearer to knowing whether his three-year spell in W12 will be extended.
He told the Times: “I’ve not had any word from the club. I’m sure I’ll knock on the door at some stage.
“My contract is up and, if they want me, I’d love to be a part of things. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes and what they want to do moving forward.
“I’m enjoying my football and enjoying it here. Fingers crossed, I can be here next year. If not, I think the club will have a great chance next season.
“I don’t want to put pressure on the manager but I think the way things are going we have definitely turned the corner, for sure.
“To come in halfway through the season is tough. With a good pre-season behind him, and [if he can] bring in a couple of players he wants to add, I can see next season being a really good one for QPR.”
The midfield general has endured an up-and-down relationship with Rs fans over the last couple of years – more so this season, in what Henry himself has described as a “mixed” one on a personal level.
Yet one thing Henry has always maintained during his time at Loftus Road is an exemplary attitude and work ethic – something he says he has always had throughout his career.
He added: “I’m thick-skinned and know my strengths and limitations as a player. I don’t want to say anything that will get me in trouble with the fans.
“If they appreciate what I bring to the team, great, and if they don’t then they don’t.
“Something I’ve always said to myself is, when I’ve finished my career, I didn’t want anybody to be able to say to me ‘he wasn’t bothered and didn’t give a toss and put the work in’ – that’s one thing that won’t happen.
“It frustrates me when I see other players that don’t do that but have great ability. Some players have fantastic ability and that’s their strength, and other players put themselves about and work hard and that’s maybe more my strength.
“I can look myself in the mirror after every game and know I’ve given absolutely everything – that’s never changed. If I’ve played poorly then I’ve played poorly, and if I’ve played well then great – that’s all I can do at the end of the day.”
The former Wolves man has played a key part in manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s plans over the last two months, and Henry has been impressed with the progress Rangers have made under the Dutchman.
“I’m really enjoying working under Jimmy,” said Henry. “I can’t think of any player who isn’t enjoying it. Everyone would like to be in that starting XI.
“There are certain things he does that maybe other managers in my career haven’t done in the past. Players come in that haven’t been playing and keep the shirt if they do well, and players you expect to come back don’t straight away.
“He works us hard; probably harder than I’ve ever been worked by any manager. It wasn’t a shock to the system but we were out there far longer than I have ever been. We’ve got used to what he wants from us and we’re gelling.
“We’ve come across a system that works. It’s evident that we’ve improved over the past couple of months and have turned the corner, and I really do believe the future is bright at this club under Jimmy.”