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Ainsworth's happy to keep Harriman

31 January 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says Michael Harriman’s performances convinced him to extend the QPR youngster’s loan spell until the end of the season.

“In this financial climate and our financial position, I have to be meticulous and do things right.

“I’m really happy,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player. “I take my signings seriously and I’m very proud of them.

After making his debut as a substitute against Exeter City, Harriman has started the last three games – during which the Blues have won twice and drawn once. 

The 20-year-old has impressed in his four appearances for the Wanderers since joining the club on New Year’s Day. 

“I check them out thoroughly. I go and watch them, I get information and feedback from various people I know, and Michael ticked all the boxes.

“It took a few weeks to make my mind up on him and he’s done exactly what I thought he would. I thought he did fantastic against Dagenham and he had three wingers against him that day. They thrive on their wingers getting crosses in and Michael handled them.”

He added: “He’s done well and showed why he’s at a higher level. He’s got some good competition with Danny Foster and Marvin McCoy so it’s good for that right-back area.

He said: “It’s one of the top teams but we want to go out there and show that we can beat them. If we take that positive mentality into the game, we’ll give them a good test.”

Rather than be daunted by Monday’s trip to league leaders Gillingham, Harriman says the Blues are excited to go toe-to-toe with Martin Allen’s men.

“There’s confidence in the camp and Gaz has got us all positive. Everyone thinks we can beat everyone we play and that’s a good mentality to take into games.”

He said: “You know what Gaz wants from you – he wants positive energy and that’s a good way to play. We’re always up for it and that’s how the lads are playing.

The right-back is relishing playing under former R’s favourite Ainsworth.

“I’m happy with my performances but there’s always room for improvement. I’m young and still learning the game but you need to strive to be a better player.”

“I’m playing regularly and really enjoying it. Playing for Gaz is great and the lads have been really welcoming – they’re a great bunch. He said:

Harriman himself was pleased to put pen to paper on an extension.

“I’m pleased he’s here for the rest of the season and hopefully he can play a big part in us pushing higher up the league.”


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