Former Yeovil Town loan defender Max Ehmer has signed a new contract with Queen's Park Rangers. With the West London side gaining promotion up to the Premier League this summer, they have been performing a clear-out of players, releasing eight today as they aim to make room for additional signings to keep them in the top flight of English football.
Ehmer, who had a half season loan at Huish Park during the second half of the 2010-11 season, is not on that list, and has stated on his Twitter account this morning that he has signed a new deal at Loftus Road. As yet the length of that contract is unstated, although it makes it clear that despite their new divisional status they still have high hopes for the 19 year old.
Premier League squad rules will force QPR to register a permanent squad of 25 players by the end of August, meaning that it is likely that Ehmer will go out on another long term loan during next season. Strong rumours suggest that manager Terry Skiverton had thrown his hat into the ring when Ehmer's Youth Team coach Marc Bircham came down to Huish Park for the Glovers' Somerset Premier Cup final match.
Of course QPR may prefer Ehmer to try his luck at a higher level as they try to develop him into a fully-fledged first teamer, although there is certainly no harm in Skiverton asking the question. Ehmer appeared to settle well at Huish Park, and speaking to the Western Gazette after the County Cup game, he said that he would be keen to return to Somerset:
"We have just got to see what happens in the summer. I would love to come back here, it is a really good club but we will have to see what happens and I will speak to my agent. I spoke to Marc Bircham when he came to watch Yeovil in the Somerset Premier Cup final. I have told him how much I have enjoyed it here. It has been quite a young squad here with people my age and I have got on with everyone."
Of the eight players released by QPR this summer, full-back Pascal Chimbonda, midfielder Gavin Mahon and Greek winger Georgias Tofas are probably well out of Yeovil's range. However, given the friendship between Skiverton and Bircham that has brought the likes of Ehmer and defender Danny Fitzsimons to Huish Park in recent months, the release of five younger players, in Josh Parker, Lee Brown, Joe Oastler, Elliott Cox and Romone Rose may be of more interest to the Glovers boss as he attempts to bring in new blood.
Link: Max Ehmer : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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