Most QPR fans were itching for the international break to end, but not Hammersmith-born Reece Grego-Cox.
The striker had an excellent time on duty with Republic of Ireland under-21s, including scoring a hat-trick in the European under-21 Championship Qualifier against Israel, leading to rave reviews in the UK press.
But what's next for the 20-year-old?
For anyone who hasn't seen Grego-Cox in action, he's not the biggest in terms of height but more than holds his own in physical stature.
For a striker of such youth, he plays with a level of experience beyond his years, working hard for the team and making intelligent movements to cause problems for the opposition defence.
He had a brief spell on loan with Newport County last season, and will no doubt be looking for a short-term move in January.
Compared with a number of the QPR under-23 team, Grego-Cox appears to have to required level of both physical and mental maturity to compete in the football league, and he would no doubt be an asset to a team in League One or Two once the transfer window reopens.
The best years are certainly ahead of the young striker, and now would be an excellent time for him to break into first time football as his stock continues to rise on the national and international stage.