Jake wants time to be a loan
PUBLISHED: 12:46 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky JAKE Cole is unlike just about every other player at QPR – he is longing to start next season in League One. The Rangers reserve keeper s season has been ruined by injuries and, with just eight first-team appearances to his name, he is desper
By Ben Kosky
JAKE Cole is unlike just about every other player at QPR - he is longing to start next season in League One.
The Rangers reserve keeper's season has been ruined by injuries and, with just eight first-team appearances to his name, he is desperate for a loan spell next year to prove his worth.
Cole told the Times: "A few clubs have shown interest, so hopefully from the start of next season I'll be out on loan and playing regular football.
"I've been at the club 12 and a half years and I need a chance. If I can get a season-long loan, I can never be told 'you haven't got the experience' - that's what I always get and I don't like it.
"If a League One team comes in, I'll be jumping at the chance to play games - I'm just hungry to play and, as a footballer, you have to be willing to travel to get experience.
"That's just part and parcel of the job. Whether you have to go up north or anywhere else to further your career, you have to be prepared to do it - and I am."
The 22-year-old keeper performed well in Rangers' final two matches of last season and had hoped for further opportunities this term, but a combination of injuries and Lee Camp's consistent form have thwarted him.
A thumb injury sidelined Cole around Christmas and, more recently, an operation on his right elbow cut short what had already been a frustrating campaign.
It wasn't helped by the sporadic nature of the Combination (reserve) League programme and Cole observed: "I've been playing reserve team football since the age of 15 and the league set-up isn't the best.
"Sometimes you can go a month or six weeks without a game, then you cram a few into two weeks. That isn't really good enough - however many reserve games you play, it isn't regular football.
"I'm out there with the other boys doing footwork now, but obviously no handling. Obviously the season's done and it's a matter of building up my arm again and looking towards next season."
Although he had various loan spells at non-league level as a teenager, Cole's opportunities to play have been severely restricted, even since making his first-team debut for the Rs in late 2005.
And, with a year to run on his Loftus Road contract and the long-term future of current number two Matt Pickens yet to be resolved, Cole's prospects at the club remain unclear.
He added: "Whether I get a renewed contract is out of my hands - I can only do my best and I've got one year left to prove that I'm worth one, whether it's here or elsewhere.
"When I have played, I feel I've done well and I can do much more. If a manager believes in me and takes me on loan, I know I can do a good job for him.
"With some good performances, I can be in the shop window and that's what I want.