Queens Park Rangers are keen to reward forward Sinclair Armstrong with a new contract in a bid to fend off interest in the January transfer window, according to journalist Darren Witcoop.
The 20-year-old has recently broken into the Ireland national team but is entering the final 12 months of his existing contract and understandably, Gareth Ainsworth is desperate to tie down his star man.
Who is Sinclair Armstrong?
The Irish striker arrived at Loftus Road in 2020, following a switch from Shamrock Rovers. He’s had stints with Torquay United and Aldershot Town in the National League but has since made the jump into the QPR Championship squad.
Armstrong has also been called up to several of Ireland’s youth squads, but has only made one appearances for the countries U21s side. However, he made his Irish debut during a recent Euro 2024 qualifier against the Netherlands during a 2-1 loss.
A frustrating start
Queens Park Rangers began the campaign with a disappointing 4-0 loss to Watford, before Armstrong helped to secure a 2-1 win in the following league game. The club then lost back-to-back matches before bouncing back with a 2-0 win against Middlesbrough.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side will host Sunderland this weekend in a bid to make it back-to-back wins before hosting Swansea City on Tuesday evening.
His contract status
Armstrong is currently under contract until June 2024, although he does have an additional year option in favour of the Championship side.
However, Gareth Ainsworth is now keen to reward the Irish forward with a new long-term contract at Loftus Road, following his impressive start to the 2023/24 season in which he’s scored one and assisted another during his first five matches.
Armstrong has stepped up to the plate for QPR so far this season and has done enough to begin a conversation about being rewarded with a new contract.
However, the risk for QPR is that Armstrong still has the year option, which suggests that he could be unlikely to rush to sign a new contract with the Championship side, but understandably the player’s true intentions are very unlikely to be revealed.