The future’s bright for young gun Pattie after promising start to Rangers career

Former Hemel Hempstead Town striker Ben Pattie has signed for Championship side QPR
Former Hemel Hempstead Town striker Ben Pattie has signed for Championship side QPR
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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