Soccer AM: QPR's Charlie Austin on why Joey Barton tells him to shut up
Charlie Austin told Soccer AM that he's not getting too excited about Premier League promotion just yet.
Last Updated: 14/03/14 12:16pm
The Hoops top scorer has been sidelined since January with a shoulder injury but the forward, who was playing for non-league side Poole Town just five seasons ago, is hoping to be back for the West London club's Premier League promotion push and is struggling to retain his excitement at potentially reaching football's top tier...
Austin told Helen and Max: "I want to get there and I do have to keep it in but I'm lucky enough to have my family close to me and they keep the excitement down from me and play it down.
"I'll go to them and say, 'we've got a great chance of getting to the Premier League' and they'll tell me to 'wait, just wait'.
"I keep it quiet in the dressing room. I may speak to my mate Joey Barton and he'll just tell me to shut up!
"I've asked Joey many questions about the Premier League before and hopefully we can get there."
Former brickie Charlie signed for QPR on a three-year-deal in August 2013 from fellow Championship side Burnley and is now working under the guidance of Harry Redknapp but, Austin admits the former Tottenham boss is more focussed on the fixture list than banter with the team.
"It's very good to play under Harry Redknapp," he added.
"Obviously I'd heard all the stories about him before I was part of his team so when I went in there it is what it is, he's a different class and has helped me out massively.
"He keeps himself to himself, obviously you've got to have that bond with the players, but he focusses on the games and we need to stay away from him."
To hear more from Charlie including an update on that painful looking shoulder injury click on the video above.