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If you’re a fan of QPR, or you hold the London-based club close to your heart, you may have heard that the exciting, young midfielder Ilias Chair recently signed a new three-year contract.
The Morocco Under-23 international has enjoyed an excellent season under Mark Warburton so far, scoring one goal and recording two assists in all competitions as the R’s sit seventh in the Championship.
However, it hasn’t always been like this.
The 21-year-old wasn’t even at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last term, instead joining League Two side Stevenage on a season-long loan deal – it was with them where Chair thrived, and proved just how effective the loan system can be.
Chair signed for the R’s as a trialist following a successful audition in front of the Londoners, having previously played for Belgian side Lierse SK.
Given his relative unknown status, there was little chance of him immediately breaking into the first-team, so a sensible loan move to a side where he was presumably going to get regular football under his belt was a no brainer.
As well as getting a solid amount of game-time with 16 appearances, Chair managed to score six goals and also record six assists in League Two while wearing a Stevenage shirt.
Instead of dipping into the market for another midfielder – which would have been ignoring Chair’s bright progress – the R’s took heed of the Moroccan’s development and found him a place in the first-team, obtaining an impressive performer as well as saving themselves a bit of cash in the process.
In a time where players can sometimes find themselves even further down the pecking order after returning from a temporary move, QPR have used the loan system in an exemplary fashion and are currently reaping the rewards.