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Just four years ago Grant Hall was playing in front of four men and their dog.

However, the QPR defender believes a backward step to Lewes FC in the Ryman League, and their wonderfully named Dripping Pan ground did him a power of good.

It made him all the hungrier to play in front of 14,000 and no dogs at Loftus Road. as well as scoring against Reading (above).

Rangers' supporters player of the year is one of a number of Hoops who started out big and then found themselves in more humble surrounds.

One of the few successes of a mediocre season joined Rangers last season as a makeweight from Tottenham, but forced himself into the team where he made 41, mostly excellent performances, scoring once.

But after he was bombed out at Brighton, Hall was back at Lewes where he started his career and then got his big break.

He was signed by Tottenham, and even though chances were thin on the ground at White Hart Lane, it paved the way eventually for another seemingly reverse move to Rangers, where he has come good again.

He’s not alone at Loftus Road.

Grass roots: Lewes FC's Dripping Pan

Jamie Mackie was a Championship player with the old Wimbledon FC before ending up at Exeter City. Nasser El Khayati started in the Dutch top flight before being rescued from amateur football by Rs boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Massimo Luongo was also with Spurs, but had to go to Swindon for games, and even Karl Henry was loaned out to lowly Cheltenham Town before getting a second wind with Stoke and Wolves before arriving at Rangers in 2013.

Hall believes a setback is a great spur, sorry, to better things.

“I had the hunger when I came to the club (QPR) as a back-up player and thankfully have gone from strength to strength.

“The manager has shown a lot of faith in me, and yes I agree. Going backwards to go forwards can be good.

“It happened to me before. Lewes from Brighton did me a lot of good in the end.”

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