Jamie Mackie wants to be at QPR for the rest of his career but knows an injury now could end that ambition.
Talks are yet to start on a new contract for the popular forward, whose deal expires at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old is happy to wait until then, with his primary focus being on playing well.“I want to be here for as long as I can be,” said Mackie.
“I love playing for the club. I want to play for QPR, not for another club. I’ll hopefully do well for the rest of the season and it can all get sorted. So far, we’ve not spoken.
“The team is the priority. We need to win games. I want to sign for the club again and stay here for the rest of my career, if given the opportunity, but I need to make sure I’m an asset.
Mackie has had a string of injuries in the past two seasons and admitted he was worried about suffering another blow that may force QPR’s hand into allowing him to leave in the summer.
He added: “There is always that worry with football. It’s quite a volatile job. I’m a bit older and have seen a lot happen.
“With my age, that changes the circumstances. I’m not 21 and trying to get the biggest contract I’ve ever got. I just want to play football for the club that I love.
“I have to do my best. If injuries happen, it is what it is. I’ll never change my style of play because my contract is [nearly] up.”
Mackie and QPR have fitted together like hand and glove and the Scotland international said the reason was something he couldn’t put his finger on.
“I didn’t support the team as a boy but since I signed it worked for me,” he said. “I’ve taken on board everything about the club.
“I’ve been to other clubs and it’s worked but I never had the same feeling I did when I played for QPR. You can see it with other players going to other clubs and it not working. There’s no rhyme nor reason – it just works.”