Jordan Cousins accepts he may not be the most talented player in the world but, when his career comes to an end, he will have left no stone unturned in pursuit of squeezing the most out himself.
Football is littered with players who burst onto the scene only to fade into obscurity a few months later.
Cousins has seen a number of more talented players fall by the wayside because of their attitudes and has made it abundantly clear to younger members of the squad that they must continue working hard.
The QPR midfielder said: “There’s only a certain amount of times you can tell people in this life. You hear senior players advising the younger ones all the time – it’s up to them if they want to listen to their advice and act on it.
“Obviously people tell young players not to go out partying loads and choose your friends wisely and so therefore, but some people don’t want to follow that.
“You have to let them live your own life and make their own decisions, there’s only so many times you can tell them.
He added: “I’ve seen it a lot. That’s the main message I’d give to everybody when they’re going into schools and that.
“There’s a lot of players who are a lot more talented than me, but because they didn’t have the right mindset and focused on what they wanted to do they didn’t make it.
“It gets to a stage where coaches aren’t looking at the most talented, but the people who are going to work hard and improve – that’s when the so-called talented players fade away.”
Cousins did accept it is difficult for a young player after they have earned their first contract and admitted it was a case of choosing your friends carefully.
He explained: “It’s harder when you’re younger because you think everyone is your friend, but as you get older you wisen up and see when things aren’t going so well you’ll look around and see who is there or who isn’t.
“Obviously football is full of ups and downs, unless you’re very lucky. Not many stay at the top for all their career.
“When things weren’t going so well for me, I made a note of who was there for me and they are the people who are still in my life now.”