Conor Masterson has thanked QPR boss Mark Warburton for giving him his big chance – and says he is aiming to break into the Republic of Ireland side.
Masterson is well known to new Ireland boss Stephen Kenny, having played under him at Under-21 level.
And the defender told West London Sport he is hoping to make the step up to senior international level.
“It’s definitely an aim of mine,” Masterson said. “I know that if I play well for QPR I can put myself in the picture.
“I know Stephen well. I’ve worked with Stephen and he’s an excellent coach. I know he wants young players to come through and do well.”
Masterson, 21, was signed by the R’s last summer after being released by Liverpool.
He was being lined up for a loan move in January but impressed on his senior debut, against Swansea in the FA Cup, and ended up staying at Loftus Road.
He explained: “We did speak about going out on loan but the manager told me I was going to play in the FA Cup.
“I did well in the game and he trusted me to carry on. He believed in me and could see what I could do.
“In the next game he brought me on at Brentford when we were losing 3-0. I did well in that game and started games after that.
“I can only thank him for giving me that chance. I’m very grateful.”