Harriman dedicates first goal to former R’s team-mate …
MICHAEL Harriman has dedicated his first career goal in professional football to the memory of former QPR starlet and ‘best mate’ Kiyan Prince.
Harriman – currently enjoying a season-long loan at Gillingham – scored in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Swindon Town.
The Under-21s defender dedicated his strike to former Centre of Excellence team-mate Prince, whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 15 from a fatal stabbing in 2006.
“Kiyan and I were best mates at QPR,” Harriman told www.qpr.co.uk. “We went to the same school and grew up together so it was very hard for me at the time.
“I said that I would always dedicate my first goal to Kiyan and that’s what I’ve done.”
Prince’s father Mark continues to tackle gun and knife crime through the Kiyan Prince Foundation, a cause understandably close to Harriman’s heart as well.
“It’s great to see the work the foundation is doing,” Harriman added. “It’s always going to be a foundation close to my heart and I’m always keeping tabs on it.”
Harriman was one of a hat-trick of loan Rangers to find the net on Saturday, joining fellow R’s Tom Hitchcock and Max Ehmer on the scoresheet.
“We’ve got some good players in the Under-21s,” he added. “To see them all in League One doing well is great.
“When you see them scoring goals and winning games you know it will just help them get better and better each week. You’re playing against players who do it every week and it helps you get better as a player.
“You’re learning all the time and that’s what you want do, to progress your game so you can work your way up.”
The 21-year-old has made the right-back spot his own since arriving at the Priestfield Stadium, amassing 26 appearances so far this term.
Harriman is pleased with the progress he is making in the Football League but is looking forward to his return to Loftus Road in the summer.
“I’m very happy with how things are going,” he continued, “getting as many games as I can under my belt.
“Hopefully I can return next season as a better player when I come back to QPR.”