QPR youngster Ryan Manning has said that two years playing senior football in Ireland prepared him for the physical nature of the Championship.

Speaking to the club's official website, the 20-year-old spoke of how he's pleased that he has the opportunity to show what he's capable of.

He said: "Before i came to QPR I played a couple of seasons in the League of Ireland, so that was two seasons of mens football and when you start playing mens football you do have learn the physical side quite quickly.

QPR's Ryan Manning speaks of whirlwind five months

"When I stepped up at Christmas time i knew i'd done it before so that part of the game wasn't something i'd have to adapt to, it would just be about getting the tempo and getting as much experience playing Championship football."

Manning has been a shining light in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the hoops, and the Galway-born midfielder said he's happy he got his chance to extend his stay after making a mark on the first-team.

He said: "It's been kind of mental at home. There's been lots of people wishing me well and lots of irish people coming over for games, so it's been a great few months for me."

"It's what everybody wants when they make the switch over to England to play first team football, not to play for a couple of seasons and for it not to work out.

"I did have six months left to break through, and whether it was the first six months or the last six months of my contract that i did break through, the most important thing is that i did break through.

"I'm just happy that i did it in time!"