Sunday 17 December 2017

Irish star Reece Grego-Cox hungry for more after QPR debut


IRISH U19 cap Reece Grego-Cox is already targeting more top-flight action with QPR after making his Premier League debut last weekend.

Rangers' 2-1 loss to Spurs on Saturday was not a day to remember for fans but it was a big deal for 19-year-old Grego Cox, who came on as a late sub for his league debut.

"Being given the opportunity is a massive thing for me. It might have only been for five minutes but it was still massive for me. I was buzzing to get on," said the striker who was born in England but qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents.

"I just have to keep going now and keep making progress. We had so many opportunities in each half. All I was thinking was what I'd do in that situation, but also learning off the other guys too."

The club's third-youngest player to play in the Premier League, Grego-Cox has real potential at international level.

First capped at U17 level in March 2013, he has since progressed to the U19 panel with the Republic and will feature prominently for Paul Doolin's U19 side later this month as they aim to qualify for the European Championship finals.

The forward missed two recent friendly games with Azerbaijan as he was in Dubai with the QPR first-team squad for a training camp but he will be back in the fold under Doolin for the Elite round of Euro qualification where Ireland face hosts Germany, Slovakia and Czech Republic (March 26-31) with the group winners advancing to the Euro finals in July.

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