KIERON Dyer admits he thought his days at QPR were numbered – now he's hell-bent on repaying the faith shown in him by Mark Hughes.
The former England international lasted just three minutes of his Rangers debut in August last year before being stretchered off with a foot injury, which would eventually rule him out for the rest of the season.
QPR contemplated terminating Dyer's contract, but the 33-year-old was kept on to continue his rehab and was surprisingly handed a new deal by boss Hughes.
The ex-Ipswich youngster admits he thought his time at Loftus Road was over, only to defy the odds and force his way into the 25-man squad.
Dyer played 90 minutes at right-back in Sunday's defeat at Spurs, and he hopes his injury worries are finally behind him as he targets a run in the QPR side.
He said: "I did think my time at QPR was over when I wasn’t given a squad number last season.
“Neil Warnock was the manager at the time. He was devastated for me and he said he’d give me few weeks and then we’d sit down and talk with the owners.
“But obviously there was a change in manager and Hughes pulled me aside straight away and said 'we want to get you fit and give you another chance' and that’s what’s happened.
“I haven’t missed a training session this season and I’ve been available for every game so things are going great for me personally.
[Being kept on] was a huge vote of confidence for me especially when you look at some of the players who were released. Hopefully I get a few more games so I can repay the faith the manager’s shown in me.”
Dyer has only played a handful of games in recent years after being dogged by a string of injury problems.
But the former Newcastle and West Ham man is determined to make up for lost time.
He added: “I hope I’ve got some of my best years still to come. I haven’t played regularly for the last four years so if that’s case I hope I’m still classed as a 28-year-old and not a 33-year-old!
“I feel great. I thought I was up and down like a young Kyle Walker there and [my hamstrings] held up quite well.
“Now I’m getting some minutes on the pitch I’m looking to prove a few doubters wrong."
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