Priskin wants out of Town

Tamas Priskin wants to stay at QPR, rather than return to Ipswich Town this summer.

And that’s because he believes he will get the ammunition to score goals, just as he did at Watford, but which he has found lacking at Town.

Priskin linked up well with fellow attacker Tommy Smith during his final season at Watford, and is now benefiting from the creativity of Adel Taarabt at Loftus Road.

The Hungerian international has to date been an expensive flop, during his six months with Town, but he is finally finding his feet with QPR.

Furthermore, with Town’s under-fire boss, Roy Keane, already stating that he wants to run a tighter ship next season, with a smaller squad, that suggests Priskin may have played his last game for Town.


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“I’m really enjoying my time at QPR and am delighted to be here. I want to score more goals,” enthused Priskin.

“Of course it would be nice to stay and play with Taarabt at this club.”

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It was Tottenham loanee Taarabt who set up Priskin with his equalising goal in the 2-2 draw against Preston on Saturday.

An out-of-sorts Priskin mustered just one league goal for Town, a late header in a 3-3 draw at Doncaster Rovers last September, following his �1.7m move from Watford last summer.

Keane became increasingly frustrated by the 23-year-old’s poor form, so it was no surprise when Town allowed QPR to sign him on loan until the end of the season.

The previous season, Priskin plundered 14 goals for Watford, often benefiting from the service of roving wide-man Smith.

Meanwhile, fellow Town loanee Pim Balkestein, who is currently at Brentford, could also make his stay permanent this summer, although personal terms might yet prove a stumbling block.

Like Priskin, defender Balkestein struggled to hold down a place in Town’s starting line-up this campaign.

Following a successful loan spell with Brentford earlier in the season, the 22-year-old Dutchman returned to Griffin Park last week and played in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leyton Orient.

Bees boss Andy Scott said: “He (Balkestein) was really keen on it (loan move) and it was just sorting out the finance with Ipswich.

“We’re delighted to have him here and hopefully we can show him enough to keep him longer as well.

“It is up to us as a football club and me as a manager to provide the incentive for him to sign, knowing we are moving in the right direction and to match the ambitions he has.

“He is a young lad who wants to play at the highest level and we’ve got to show him that we are progressing in that direction and can achieve the same goals he has,” added Scott.

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