Blackstock happy to remain at QPR

14 July 2009 08:37
Queens Park Rangers striker Dexter Blackstock says he is happy to remain at the club next season.The 23-year old was loaned to Nottingham Forest last season in a move that angered then-boss Paulo Sousa, who did not want him to leave. Former England Under-21 man Blackstock told BBC London 94.9: "At the moment I've got a year left on my contract. "Unless that changes or anything happens in the meantime I'll be a QPR player for next season." Blackstock made a goal-scoring return to the side, as QPR defeated Aldershot 4-0 on Saturday before heading off for a pre-season tour of Slovakia. Having been at the centre of the rift between Sousa and the club's owners, with the Portuguese leaving QPR shortly afterwards, Blackstock now wants to concentrate on a positive future under new manager Jim Magilton. "I went on loan (to Nottingham Forest) for the last six games of the season, but it was just a loan and there was nothing permanent in the deal," he said. "Jim's been very good, the way he wants us to play is in the right way and right manner. I think he's got the respect of the players straight away." Magilton added that he has been pleased with the attitude of last season's top scorer since he took over as manager, and has hinted that Blackstock does have a part to play next season. He said: "Dexter's worked extremely hard in pre-season. Until that changes I don't see any reason why he shouldn't be (in my plans)." Meanwhile, Magilton hopes to make further additions to his squad before they kick off their Championship campaign at home to Blackpool on 8 August. He has already spent £3.5m on Argentine midfielder Alejandro Damian Faurlin, but with goalkeeper Lee Camp leaving to Forest and defender Damien Delaney joining Ipswich, there are still gaps to fill. "We've lost a goalkeeper and obviously a left-back so we'll be trying in the next couple of weeks to bring a few new signings in," he said. "If a good player comes along we'll try and entice him to London and entice him to QPR and let's hope that happens." Asked if funds will be made available for new players, Magilton added: "I'll go and identify a player, present it to the board and if the board say 'yes', wonderful, and we'll say 'A, B, C - one, two, three' whatever it takes to get good players into the club."

Source: BBC_Sport