Hughes remains keen to keep fringe players

QPR manager Mark Hughes has reiterated his reluctance to allow any of his 25-man squad out on loan – even if their first-team chances look remote.

Hughes’ stance meant the likes of Clint Hill – nudged down the pecking order by the signing of Taye Taiwo – seemed destined for a frustrating spell without first-team football.

But Hill has since been recalled to the side, producing solid displays at left-back and as a central defender.

And Hughes said: “We’ve been in a situation where if maybe we haven’t performed defensively as we wanted to we need to look at our options.

“Clint’s been very much in my mind, he’s in the 25, and he’s player I knew I could call upon if I needed to.

“So I’m very reluctant to send people out on loan once they’re in the 25. My priority really is to get the others out on loan.”

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