Rangers starlet signs on
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
QPR starlet Ray Jones has pledged his future to the club by signing a new contract.
Queens Park Rangers starlet Ray Jones has pledged his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract.
The 18-year-old was being tracked by a host of clubs and Rangers seemed resigned to losing their prized asset.
However, skysports.com revealed Jones was in talks over a new deal earlier this week and he has now signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road.
"I've always stated that my intentions were to stay at QPR, so I couldn't be more delighted," he told the club's website.
"I'm just glad it's all sorted and I can get back to doing what I love more than anything else - playing and scoring goals for Queens Park Rangers.''
Manager John Gregory was understandably pleased to see Jones sign on the dotted line.
"I'm delighted that this long term saga has finally ended on a positive note," he said.
"The board and myself have worked tirelessly to keep Ray at Loftus Road.
"He could have moved elsewhere for more money, but he's made the choice to remain at QPR which I think is a massive compliment to everybody at this football club.
"It's a three-and-a-half year deal and I think we'll see the best of him over the next few years. There's still a long way to go, but I believe it was crucial in his development as a player to remain at QPR.''
Meanwhile, the club have also announced that they have parted company with defender Ian Evatt by mutual consent.