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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 January 2007, 14:10 GMT
Striking ace Jones commits to QPR
QPR striker Ray Jones
Jones has scored five league goals this term
QPR's teenage striker Ray Jones has signed a new deal at the London club.

The 18-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract to end speculation that he would be moving on in the January transfer window.

Jones told the club website: "I've always stated my intentions were to stay, so I couldn't be more delighted,

"I'm just glad it's all sorted and I can get back to doing what I love more than anything else - playing and scoring goals for QPR."

Manager John Gregory had resigned himself to losing Jones who was out of contract at the end of the season.

Rangers had already rejected a "derisory" offer from Fulham but were bracing themselves for more interest, knowing they could receive a higher transfer fee for the forward if they cashed in in January rather than letting the fee be decided at a tribunal in the summer.

After the 1-0 win against Colchester on New Year's Day Gregory said: "Am I resigned to losing him? Quite frankly, yes. I hope today's was not his last game for us.

"Ray would be much better off staying here and developing his career.

"It should not be about money for players of Ray's age. You hear about players who are stars at his age, but never go any further.

"If he stayed here a little longer, he could be in a position where he is ready to go into Arsenal's or Manchester United's first team at the age of 23."



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