Consistent Gary keeps the shirt
PUBLISHED: 18:28 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky QPR boss Jim Magilton has no plans to search for another left-back following Gary Borrow-dale s consistent start to the season, writes Ben Kosky. Magilton was considering alternatives during pre-season, with former Liverpool defender Gregory
By Ben Kosky
QPR boss Jim Magilton has no plans to search for another left-back following Gary Borrow-dale's consistent start to the season, writes Ben Kosky.
Magilton was considering alternatives during pre-season, with former Liverpool defender Gregory Vignal joining Rangers on trial and Matthew Connolly starting several games at left-back.
But Borrowdale, who was frozen out under Magilton's predecessor Paulo Sousa, has been ever-present for the Rs this season and appears to have made the position his own.
"Gary's done well, he's getting fitter and he's looked solid," Magilton told the Times. "I think there's a lot more to come from him.
"I came in with very much an open mind. If lads come in and do well they're going to stay in the side and Gary's been given an opportunity that he's grasped.
"I've spoken to people who had worked with him and they gave me only good reports, so I didn't get sidetracked by what had happened to him last year."
The 24-year-old defender, who began his career with Crystal Palace, was signed from Championship rivals Coventry in a £700,000 switch midway through last season.
But Borrowdale never made a first-team appearance under Sousa and was loaned to Brighton, helping them to avoid relegation to League Two.
Meanwhile, teenage striker Antonio German has joined League Two side Aldershot Town on loan for a month.
The 17-year-old made three first-team appearances for QPR last season.