QPR boss Mark Warburton has pretty much told the press that any player who commits to another club in the form of a pre-contract will not play for his side again until they leave, the former Sevco manager has aimed that statement towards Bright Osayi-Samuel.
The winger looks set to either sign for Celtic in this window or in a pre-contract deal in January, as Celtic’s head of recruitment seems to be the main man in this deal and Gary Penrice believes that a deal will be done.
The former Sevco manager doesn’t say this outright but you can read between the lines and its unprofessional to do it at all, but it does give you an idea that Osayi-Samuel could be closer to a Hoops move than reported and the bread man is just taking a public swipe.
“It’s about looking at what protects QPR,” he said.
“The season is starting later than normal and the January transfer window is not that far away.
“People can sign pre-contracts in January and you can have a situation where agents delay conversations, haggle – ‘I’ll come back to you next week’ – and suddenly players are signing pre-contracts.
“And when a player signs a pre-contract and commits to another club, quite understandably their focus and attention drifts away from their current club. I understand that.
“Although these guys are highly-paid athletes and professionals they’re still young guys, many experiencing situations like this which they haven’t experienced before.
“So you have to give a lot of understanding and I do sympathise.
“But for me, I want players who want to be here and want to commit to QPR.
“I understand if they want their future away from QPR. But QPR has to be treated appropriately and has to act in a consistent manner which is in the best interests of the football club.
“You can’t have players just easing to a pre-contract and look to leave for free come May of 2021. That’s not going to happen here.”