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Frankie has high Hoops under Harry

IRISH prospect Frankie Sutherland is confident he can make the grade at QPR under Harry Redknapp next season.

The midfielder, who won his second U21 cap against Portugal in Dundalk last night, has been on the fringes of things at Loftus Road, though he was recently recalled by Redknapp from a loan spell with League One side Portsmouth.

"The loan spell went okay, but I am back at QPR now and hopefully things will go well for me," said Sutherland.

"I am training with the first team, but it's hard to get into the team at the moment as it's so tight at the bottom of the table and the whole focus is on staying up.

"We all believe we can stay up and if we do that, then next season could be the one for me.

"I have two years left on my contract and the manager says he rates me. He's a great manager who encourages me all the time so hopefully it can happen," added Sutherland, who qualifies for Ireland through his Donegal-born maternal grandmother.