Holloway: I helped old Furs, now I want to help young Furs

Ian Holloway has declared it would be “just fantastic” if he can help develop Darnell Furlong’s career having also worked with his father at QPR.

Paul Furlong, signed during Holloway’s first spell as Rangers boss, initially struggled but became a key player and a crowd favourite.

Now the former striker’s 21-year-old son is hoping to make a name for himself at Loftus Road.

Darnell Furlong and fellow QPR youngster Michael Doughty are currently on loan at Swindon, where Holloway recently watched them in action and then met both players.

Holloway, whose return as R’s boss was confirmed last week, told West London Sport: “I watched Darnell Furlong and Michael Doughty. I was buzzing! They played so well the both of them.

“It was like ‘wow!’. Fantastic. They’re tender but the young one (Doughty) has got 140 games under his belt already.

“When I met them afterwards it was just fantastic. And if I can help ‘young Furs’ after I helped ‘old Furs’ – it’s just unbelievable.

“Furs got hammered and I stood up for him. I told people to come to my garden and take me on. You’ve got to stand up for your players.”

Meanwhile, Holloway believes Jordan Cousins will prove to be an excellent signing.

Cousins, who joined QPR from Charlton during the summer, has struggled for fitness and form.

But Holloway said: “For me he was a great signing – a great signing. He’s hungry, really wants to get forward and get a foot in. He’s a very, very talented boy.”

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