The news of Jamie Mackie agreeing to stay at Loftus Road has had a decidedly mixed reaction amongst the Hoops faithful.

According to the poll carried out on the @QPR_GetWest Twitter account, 56% of fans who voted thought offering the forward a new deal was the correct decision, which shows the split in opinions.

The 31-year-old only started six games last season, and many are wondering why the club would spend a chunk of its limited wage budget on a player who may feature on a sporadic basis at best.

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But I decided to take a look at the whole Mackie package to look at three reasons why the fans' favourite could play a big role next season.

Experience

The Scotland international is a familiar name in the Championship scene, having played for a number of years for Nottingham Forest, Reading and QPR in the second tier of English football.

Although Mackie isn't likely to be a first team regular in Ian Holloway's side, his knowledge of the league and experience competing in the Premier League, the Championship and on the International stage could be a welcome addition to a largely inexperienced squad at this level.

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Desire

Mackie has never been a player described as "prolific" in front of goal, and is not the man who you'd expect to get into double figures in the goalscoring charts, but what he does provide is an exceptional work-rate.

His passion and drive to work hard is exactly what manager Ian Holloway is looking for in his team, and with Mackie in and around the first-team, he will be seen as a benchmark for the levels of determination and desire required to get into what the boss is hoping will be a hard-working and well-drilled QPR side.

If nothing else, Mackie is a worker and their is no quicker way to keep the fans onside than putting in a real shift on a Saturday afternoon.

Allegiance

It's common knowledge that Queens Park Rangers are a club which Mackie holds close to his heart, and so it's safe to assume that last season's disappointing campaign will have hurt the 31-year-old just as much as it hurt the Loftus Road faithful.

As the club looks to rebuild in order to avoid a similarly under-par campaign, a personality like Jamie Mackie will ensure that the players, no matter how much allegiance they have to the badge, will know exactly what the club means to those sitting in the stands, and ensure that every player in that dressing room is giving 110% to give the fans what they rightly deserve.

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