Queens Park Rangers Director of Football Les Ferdinand has been speaking about the contract extensions of Ryan Manning and Bright Osayi-Samuel, as reported by the club’s official channels.
The two QPR men have signed contract extensions that will keep them at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium until the summer of 2021.
This is definitely an encouraging sign for the club, as it means that they will have the 22 and 23-year-old at the club for a longer period, meaning they will be able to command a fee if either of them are to leave in the summer.
However, Ferdinand has insisted the club won’t be resting on their laurels after announcing the extensions: “Exercising the option to extend the deals of Ryan and Bright is recognition of how well they have done for us over the past three years.
“They have both worked incredibly hard to become important members of Mark Warburton’s squad, and as such they are valuable assets to QPR.
“When you are signing young players the contracts need to be long enough to protect the club while not too long that they can potentially take away their incentive to progress.
“The extra one-year option which we have triggered gives us that ability to do both. We will be continuing discussions with Ryan and Bright as we look to extend their deals further.”
QPR managing to get even longer on the pair’s contracts would make things even better for the club, because as it stands, they will still have their hands tied slightly if a club comes in for them in the summer.
Considering their relative ages and the performances they have put in, that eventuality is certainly a possibility.
Manning has made 28 Championship starts this campaign, scoring one goal and assisting five, while averaging 0.9 dribbles and 2 key passes per game. He has also been solid defensively, making 2.1 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game.
Osayi-Samuel has started 22 times and come off the bench on a further three occasions, scoring five goals and assisting another four. His threat is also outlined by the fact that he averages 1.2 key passes and 2.8 dribbles per game.
If QPR are able to keep these two at the KPF Stadium for a longer period of time then it will undoubtedly be positive for them. Ferdinand must hope they put pen to paper beyond their current extensions.