Former Hemel Hempstead Town FC striker Ben Pattie has made a good start to his QPR career after making the switch from Vauxhall Road to Loftus road last month.
Pattie, 17, was snapped up by Harry Redknapp’s Rangers after a string of impressive pre-season performances and has since gone on to make a promising debut for the QPR U21s.
And Pattie was full of praise for former club Hemel, who he says helped to develop him as a player.
“It was a bit stressful when it was all going through but it’s going well now,” said Pattie, a few days after impressing for the QPR U21s against Tottenham Hotspur U21.
“Training now is much more intense but I’ve done my best to take everything in my stride and a haven’t let it get to me mentally like some young players do.
“Hemel Town have helped me a lot. Being in the first team last season was great because I hadn’t been used to training with the seniors.
“Dean Brennan, Stuart Maynard and Dave Boggins have been really supportive and I will be staying in contact with the club.”
Pattie, a former pupil at Astley Cooper School, was in demand during the summer, with a number of top clubs chasing his signature.
But the level-headed teenager says he chose QPR with little hesitation.
“I had a really good pre-season and put a lot of hard work in,” said Pattie. “Dean Brennan told me there were a lot of clubs interested and they had come to watch me play.
“I had been in talks with a few clubs but I picked QPR because of their track record with bringing through youngsters.
“I’ve met Harry Redknapp – he was nice, very chilled out.
“Now I just want to try and do as well as I can this season.”
You can keep up-to-date with Pattie’s debut campaign at Rangers by following him on Twitter @ben_pattie