Ramage eyes loan switch
QPR defender open to return to Palace to play first-team football
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: February 20, 2012 12:36pm
Peter Ramage: Queens Park Rangers defender is keen on another loan move to play first-team football
Queens Park Rangers defender Peter Ramage is keen to secure a loan move away from the club after being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad.
The 28-year-old has not featured for the Hoops since the final day of last season and spent the first half of this campaign on loan at Crystal Palace.
Ramage's contract at Loftus Road is set to expire in the summer and, after being overlooked by new QPR boss Mark Hughes, he is eager to play regular first-team football as soon as possible.
"The gaffer still wants to have a look at the players that aren't in the 25-man squad for the summer onwards, but with my contract up then I just want to get out on loan and play some games and put myself in the shop window," Ramage told Sky Sports.
"It is a tough one because obviously you want to stay and impress the gaffer here, but at the same time the chance to play first-team football elsewhere is very attractive.
"Hopefully, I can impress him first and then get the chance to go out somewhere and play for the rest of the season.
"I haven't heard anything yet and I've just been concentrating on keeping myself fit really so that when something does happen I'm ready and raring to go straight away.
"Not being available for selection on a Saturday is obviously hard, especially after putting your all into training during the week, but I'm professional enough to do things right and keep myself fit."
Ramage impressed for the Eagles, helping guide the Championship outfit into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup and he refused to rule out a return to the South London club.
He added: "At this precise moment I'd go anywhere to play games, but I loved my time at Palace.
"I heard good things from Dezza (Shaun Derry) and Hilly (Clint Hill) before I went there about the club and staff in general and they were spot on as they treated me brilliantly.
"The management staff and players there were great and the fans were excellent with me too, plus we had a decent first half to the season there with the semi-final of the cup and competing for the play-off places.
"Something similar to that would be great, but we'll just have to see what crops up I guess."