No move to clear the Dex
PUBLISHED: 16:42 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky QPR have not yet received any bids for Dexter Blackstock – and manager Jim Magilton is keen to keep the striker at Loftus Road. Blackstock s Rangers career appeared to be over when he was shunted out of the door and loaned to Nottingham Fores
By Ben Kosky
QPR have not yet received any bids for Dexter Blackstock - and manager Jim Magilton is keen to keep the striker at Loftus Road.
Blackstock's Rangers career appeared to be over when he was shunted out of the door and loaned to Nottingham Forest in March at the behest of co-owner Flavio Briatore.
But, after Blackstock had helped them stave off relegation to League One, Forest failed to follow up their initial interest in the player and have since signed Dele Adebola and David McGoldrick.
Now the 23-year-old is back in Shepherd's Bush and Magilton told the Times: "As I see it, Dexter's a QPR player and you haven't heard anything from me to reverse that situation.
"I'm sure if an offer came in for any player at any club the length and breadth of the country, the board would always consider it. But at the moment there hasn't been any offer.
"Dexter's applied himself terrifically well. I've absolutely no problem with him or any of the other players being here and, as long as they keep applying themselves in the same manner, there won't be any problem."
Blackstock, who has been QPR's top scorer in two of the three years since he joined the club in a £500,000 switch from Southampton, is under contract to the club until next summer.
He played the second half of Rangers' opening pre-season friendly at Aldershot Town last weekend, scoring their fourth goal, and could feature again on Wednesday against Slovenian side NK Celje.
Blackstock stated: "As it stands, I've got a year left and, until circumstances change or QPR accept a bid for me, I don't have a decision to make.
"There may have been some talk between agents and chairmen, but I'm just concentrating on getting fit for the start of the season and I think the manager wants me in his plans.
"The way he wants us to play football is the right one and I think he's got the players' respect straight away, which is hard to get sometimes these days.
"As long as I'm still at QPR, I'll give my all. I can't let the fans down because they've been good to me - they responded to me again well at Aldershot and it was nice to get a goal and send them home happy."
Meanwhile, former Republic of Ireland striker David Connolly, who also featured for the Rs at Aldershot, has travelled with the squad to Slovenia as Magilton muses whether or not to offer him a contract.
Connolly, 32, has an impressive pedigree at Championship level with Watford, Wolves, Wimbledon, West Ham and Leicester, but missed last season through injury and was released by Sunderland this summer.
Magilton added: "David's had 16 or 17 months where he hasn't played a lot of football, so 45 minutes at Aldershot isn't going to make my mind up just yet. There's a long way to go."
Captain Martin Rowlands has accompanied the squad after recovering from his cruciate ligament tear, but is not expected to feature either on Wednesday or in Sunday's clash with Croatian side NK Karlovac.
Injured winger Lee Cook and club record signing Alejandro Faurlin - who is still waiting to receive international clearance after his £3.5m move to Loftus Road - were both omitted from the squad.
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