10 January 2021 10:39
Striker Charlie Austin says that he 'couldn't turn down' the opportunity to return to Queens Park Rangers after his West Brom departure was confirmed on Saturday evening. Austin completed his move back to West London, where he spent two and a half years between 2013 and 2016, having fallen out of favour at The Hawthorns. He was expected to be offered an opportunity to prove his worth to Sam Allardyce at Blackpool on Saturday, but the move which was proposed late this week progressed quickly and Austin instead made for the capital to rubber-stamp the deal. It's officially a six-month loan deal, though Austin has more than likely played his last match for Albion because his contract is due to expire in the summer. He scored 11 goals in 45 appearances for the club.
At QPR, where his previous record was an impressive one - 48 goals in 89 outings, 18 of those in one top flight campaign - Austin is excited and thanked Albion for giving him the green light. I can't thank West Brom enough for allowing me to come back here. "I've still got plenty of fire in my belly, otherwise I'd have stayed at West Brom and seen out the six months I had left there." More transfer business involving West Brom has happened, with Charlie Austin making a return to former club QPR. The striker, 31, comes back to Loftus Road on a loan deal until the remainder of the season. AFP 2 Austin enjoyed a successful spell at QPR from 2013-2016 talkSPORT understands West Brom are able to activate Austin's contract, however, that looks unlikely at this stage amid suggestions he's not part of Sam Allardyce's plans.
QPR boss Mark Warburton said: "I've no idea whether he broke protocols or not. Charlie Austin has returned to former club QPR on loan for the rest of the season from West Brom. The 31-year-old striker has been out of favour at the Hawthorns this season, making just seven appearances and he has yet to find the net despite scoring 11 goals in 38 games during Albion's promotion to the Premier League. During a successful two-and-a-half year spell at QPR between August 2013 and January 2016, Austin made 89 appearances for the Hoops and scored 48 goals. West Brom sporting and technical director Luke Dowling said: "I'd like to thank Charlie for his dedication and professionalism during his season and a half with us.
e played a crucial role in the club's promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2014, netting 20 goals, including both in our 2-1 semi-final win over Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road. After leaving QPR to join Southampton in January 2016, Austin signed for the Baggies in 2019 where he helped them achieve automatic promotion last season. "When I was told there was a chance of it happening I grabbed it with both hands. Austin is now keen to build on his reputation with the R's fans, adding: "I've matured as a footballer and as a person, and now it's time for me to help the club get out of the position they're in, that's why I'm here." Austin admits his connection with the club played a big part in his decision to return, explaining: "The love is there. There is a special bond between my family and QPR. QPR boss Mark Warburton is looking forward to adding Austin to his squad for the second half of the campaign. "I am absolutely delighted we have been able to bring Charlie in," Warburton said. "The second reason is because of Charlie's hunger and desire to return to the club. Warburton believes Austin's arrival will give everyone in the squad a big lift, not least the strikers. "Charlie's experience will be great for the squad, and great for Lyndon (Dykes), Macca (Bonne) and Charlie Kelman," he said. "In terms of our league position, we have let ourselves down but I believe Charlie will enjoy the way we play and be a huge asset for us." Austin, who featured last Saturday for West Brom against Arsenal, could make his second QPR debut on Tuesday evening when we visit Luton Town. West Brom striker Charlie Austin has completed his return to QPR. The veteran striker has returned to west London for the rest of the season after falling out of favour at the Hawthorns. West Brom sporting and technical director Luke Dowling said: "I'd like to thank Charlie for his dedication and professionalism during his season and a half with us. "Many of his goals for us proved to be crucial and I don't think any Albion fan who was at St Andrew's will forget his performance against Birmingham City to earn us a valuable win at what was a pivotal point in our season. "Everyone at the training ground will miss Charlie's presence and we all wish him well in his future career."