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Reborn Rs winger Hoilett has no regrets over joining club

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 December 2015

Junior Hoilett (right) has been a regular starter for QPR in recent times

Junior Hoilett (right) has been a regular starter for QPR in recent times

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Junior Hoilett has endured a topsy-turvy spell at QPR to date, but despite that the diminutive playmaker says he wouldn’t have changed anything that has happened during his time at Loftus Road.

The 25-year-old has struggled for game time and consistency since joining from Blackburn Rovers in July 2012, but remains positive about what the future holds for him.

He told the Times: “I don’t regret joining QPR at all – not for one minute.

“Everything happens for a reason – you have to have perspective in life. Everything that has happened has helped me as a person on and off the pitch.

“There’s no point looking back on the past as you can’t change what’s happened, you just have to look towards the future and think positive.

“Of course it’s been frustrating. I came to this club to push on as a player and develop my game, and I haven’t really been able to do that so far.

“On many occasions I haven’t had the chance to play and express myself on the pitch, but I’ve always believed in my ability.

“I have good friends and family around me who have shown me support when times have been hard.

“I feel I’ve turned the corner now though and I’m feeling positive again.”

Indeed, the Canadian has shown a real improvement in his form of late, regularly featuring for the Rs over the past two months under former caretaker boss Neil Warnock and now current manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Hoilett believes that his recent appearances for Canada – his first at any level for his country – helped him get back on track when his career was at a crossroads earlier in the campaign.

Since pledging his international future to Canada the winger has made three appearances for his country, the last coming against El Salvador in a World Cup 2018 qualifier last month.

And the 25-year-old was keen to highlight how big a role that has played in his resurgence.

He added: “The Canada thing was important because it got me back playing again. At the beginning of the season here I wasn’t playing, so it was great for me to get some minutes.

“I felt I was wanted there in the national set-up, so I came back fresh and raring to go and to prove a point to people at QPR.

“It felt like I had achieved something playing for the national team, so my spirit was up when I got back and I haven’t looked back since.

“I think I made the right choice at the right time to play for Canada, I’m happy playing for my country.

“I have aspirations of playing in a World Cup (in 2018) too, and hopefully we can do that in a couple of years.”

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