LEE Brown turned down a transfer deadline day move to Leyton Orient for a relegation battle with Hayes & Yeading.
Hayes & Yeading boss Garry Haylock swooped to snatch the QPR left-back from under the noses of League One club Orient, who had wanted to complete a loan deal for Brown on Monday.
The highly-rated 20-year-old instead signed on for a second spell at Church Road until the end of the season and came straight back into the team for Saturday's 4-0 home defeat to Kidderminster.
“The paperwork was only signed at 3pm yesterday (Friday) as I had been down at Leyton Orient,” he said. “They wanted to take me on loan and for me to come back on Monday, but I spoke to Garry and I just wanted to play as soon as possible.
“It is a lot of faith in Garry, but I mainly just wanted to play games. If Leyton Orient watch to come and watch me here or any other club then they can, but at the moment I am playing for Hayes & Yeading and I want to try and help the club stay up.”
Brown's contract at Loftus Road is up in the summer and he admits it is “a big time” in his fledgling career.
But for the moment he is concentrating on playing his part in Hayes & Yeading's battle to beat the dreaded drop.
“I have to play either for a contract here, at QPR, or somewhere else,” he added. “I spoke to Neil Warnock on Friday and he told me it was silly me sitting there and not playing as no one can see your quality just in training.
“It is a good opportunity for me to impress at Hayes & Yeading. We have enough quality to stay in this division. We are playing good football and creating chances, but we are making silly individual mistakes, At times we are outplaying teams, but not finishing off our chances.”
The signing of Brown was Hayes & Yeading's final move in the transfer window and left boss Haylock right on the limit of his playing budget.
Brown's arrival was only made possible with Championship leaders QPR agreeing to keep paying a large slice of the player's wages.
“QPR have been excellent to us and he will add quality for us,” said Haylock. “If anyone comes in they have to be better than what we have got and I think Lee is.”
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