HOGAN Ephraim insists he has not given up hope of forcing his way back into boss Neil Warnock's plans – but admits his chances are slim.
The QPR winger says he was shocked when he failed to make Rangers' 25-man Premier League squad – just days after being promised a crack at the top flight.
Ephraim made his first competitive appearance for three months as a substitute in Charlton's win at Brentford on Saturday following his loan switch to the League One leaders.
The 23-year-old is due to remain at the Valley until the new year, but he insists he should still be at Loftus Road playing in the Premier League.
He said: “I think I should've been in the 25-man squad. I train with the boys day in, day out, and I couldn't accept anyone telling me I'm not good enough.
“The manager had a decision to make – we have different opinions. If I play well you never know, I might change his mind.
“I would love to get back in the squad. I've been there for four years and it has changed me from a boy into a man. Last season was the highlight of my career, and the fans are magnificent.
“But you read they want to sign a few more players, so there might be a few more dropping out of the 25 rather than getting back in."
Ephraim admits it came as a big surprise not being named among the 25 following the deadline day arrivals of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jason Puncheon.
The winger has spent the past few months stuck in QPR's reserves, but he has set his sights on kick-starting his career at the Valley.
“It was very tough,” he added. “It was only a couple of days before the window shut that I was told I was in it.
"Then for three or four days later to be told you're not in it came as a massive shock. But football's like that and you've got to get on with it.
“It took me a little bit of time to think about things. There were a few offers but I wanted to make sure I made the right decision.
"I didn't want to go somewhere that I wouldn't enjoy my football. I decided to come to Charlton and I'm glad I made the choice.
“I was at home watching Soccer Saturday every week and seeing a million names pop up – that's where I want my name to be.
“It's good to get some minutes under my belt. You want to be in front of fans playing football, rather than reserve team football in front of three or four people.
“I need to be playing regular football now. I need to be out there making and scoring goals. That's my aim.
"I need a manager to have faith in me and let me go and play my game. Hopefully Chris Powell will let me do that.”
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