Les Ferdinand has told QPR’s website he believes Ben Gladwin “has a massive future” at the club despite being allowed to return to Swindon on a month’s loan.
Gladwin, 23, has started only one league match since leaving the Robins to join Rangers during the summer.
West London Sport revealed this week that the midfielder planned to speak to Chris Ramsey about his lack of first-team action and that a loan move was possible, with Swindon interested in a deal.
His last first-team appearance came when head coach Ramsey sent him on as a late substitute in the home defeat against Nottingham Forest almost a month ago.
“For his education, it’s important that Ben continues to play first-team football. Under-21 football isn’t as competitive,” R’s director of football Ferdinand said.
“An injury has meant he’s subsequently struggled for game time, and we thought this was a great opportunity for him to get some games and come back fit and ready to go again.
“He’s only away for a month. And when he comes back, I’m sure he’ll be raring to go. He’s still got a massive future at QPR.”
Gladwin’s first-chances have also been affected by the return to the squad of Sandro and Leroy Fer.
“I understand that we’ve got a strong squad and competition for places is very tough,” Gladwin told West London Sport this week.
“I can play in either of the wide positions or behind the striker, but obviously we’ve got very good players in those positions.
“Everyone wants to get on the pitch and play football and that’s what I’ll be looking to do.”
He added: “Obviously because of the lack of games I’m not totally up to speed at the moment.
“That’s something that I’ll be looking to change in the coming weeks. I need to get a little bit fitter.”