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QPR’s Cole enjoying life on loan at Orient

12:00 02 December 2015

Leyton Orient defender Cole Kpekawa, on-loan from QPR, in action against AFC Wimbledon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient defender Cole Kpekawa, on-loan from QPR, in action against AFC Wimbledon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The 19-year-old discusses his time at Brisbane Road, learning in the under-21s at QPR and his favourite position

Cole Kpekawa is relishing his opportunity at Leyton Orient after admitting it is hard for youngsters to progress if they are only able to play under-21s football.

The defender, on loan from QPR, has played in every match for the O’s since joining on an initial one-month loan on November 19.

He made his debut for the east Londoners off the bench during the 3-2 win over York City and then started in the 1-1 draws during the past week against Plymouth Argyle and Wimbledon.

And Kpekawa, 19, has certainly impressed alongside fellow new recruit Jean-Yves M’voto, having made three appearances for Championship side QPR this season, but played most of his football this year in their under-21 team.

He said: “This is much better than playing under-21s football. At Leyton Orient it means something, every game means something in this division.

“In the under-21s league, playing for QPR is good and you are learning because it is a decent standard, but it doesn’t really help you progress, whereas this loan is helping me progress.

“I need more games every week and we will see how it goes.”

Kpekawa impressed for QPR during pre-season and is believed to have a bright future at Loftus Road, but for the time being he is a Leyton Orient player and he would like to extend his loan when it comes to an end later this month.

He is able to cover at left-back and in the centre of defence – the latter position has been where Orient fans have seen the England under-20 defender during his time at Brisbane Road.

The QPR youngster added: “I am able to extend the loan and I would love to stay here for longer. I have been at the club for around two weeks now and enjoyed every minute of it.

“I enjoy both positions really, obviously at left-back it is a different game because I can get forward more and do a bit more attacking.

“You need to defend as well where as at centre back I feel more comfortable because of my physique. I believe I can do well there because I am a bit taller and how I play it is more easy for me to be at centre back, but I enjoy both to be fair.

“The people at QPR told me to go to Leyton Orient to learn, do well, work my hardest and impress. They said don’t be nervous, go play your game and that is what I have been trying to do.”

Kpekawa managed to tame Wimbledon’s ‘beast’ – Adebayo Akinfenwa – for long periods of Saturday’s League Two clash.

Although the one-time Orient striker equalised for the Dons 10 minutes from time, he was blunted for the majority of the match.

It would have been a great experience for the 19-year-old and his spell at Brisbane Road has most definitely been a positive one so far, and long may that continue.

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