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QPR chief Ferdinand eager to improve academy

QPR football chief Les Ferdinand admits he's keen to bring through local talent.

Ferdinand hopes to lift the quality coming through the Rs academy.

"In this country, we'll buy someone from abroad for £20m who has been playing professional football for years and we all go: 'Give him a year to 18 months to settle in'," he told the Daily Mail.

"Yet we'll take someone out of the development squad who has never played any senior football in his life and if he's not a world-beater within two games everyone's saying: 'Well, he's no good is he'.

"Why not afford the kid the same opportunity? It's incredible. We're making English players and English coaches appear mediocre and they're not. They're more than that, given the opportunity."

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