The Carabao Cup draw is the first concrete sign that the new football season is around the corner (hurrah!).
To many it may seem like nothing but a formality, but in reality the newly-named Cup could actually be crucial to how QPR's season pans out.
The focus from August is often based on how good a start a club makes in the league, but an early cup victory can often go a long way to settling the nerves within the squad.
For a Championship club, the first round of the cup should be seen as one to be taken seriously.
An early victory can be a real trend-setter for how the season will transpire, as a victory can inspire confidence going into a month where fixtures will come thick and fast.
This is why, in my view it's essential not to take the opposition lightly by fielding a string of reserve team players.
A loss in the early stages has the potential to make the start of the season a real slog, as with a difficult run of league fixtures it's plausible to reach September without a win on the board.
It goes without saying that this is not something that the players, manager or fans will want after a disappointing season last year.
With this in mind, it's essential that the Carabao Cup is taken seriously. The cliché that winning breeds confidence is entirely relevant for a side such as QPR, who will be looking to get the season off to as positive a start as possible in order to reassure the fans that the club are heading in the right direction.
That's not the say the club should be aiming to win the competition, but even one or two victories sprinkled in amongst an intense Championship campaign could do wonders for the club over the course of the season.