FORMER Manchester United youngster Niki-Lee Bulmer has left Queen's Park Rangers after failing to secure a new deal with the club.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper was allowed to join Conference side Hayes & Yeading on a two-month loan in October but has failed to earn an extension of his contract which expired at the end of December.
Bulmer arrived at QPR at the age of 16 having started his career with Manchester United and was enjoying his first year as a professional at Loftus Road.
However, R's manager Neil Warnock has decided against offering the young keeper a new deal as he sets his sights on winning promotion to the Premier League.
“It's a shame but that's football,” explained Bulmer. “Obviously I'm dissapointed but now I need to concentrate on finding a new challenge.
“With the transfer window re-opening that means there will be extra competition to find a place at a new club but I am a free agent and that should work in my favour. More teams will be looking to make changes at this time now so I am pleased it has worked out like this in a way.
“QPR will most-likely be in the Premier League next season and I would've had very little opportunity to play there.”
And the teenage stopper, now back in his hometown of Chester, is grateful for the guidance of former team-mates Paddy Kenny and Radek Cerny.
“I have been keeping in contact with Paddy Kenny and Radek Cerny from QPR as well. Paddy has been very supportive and has been telling me to try and find a football league league club.”