Richard Dunne’s quest for a new club is finally over and QPR have stepped into the breach to help aide the Irish centre back to get his career back on track after missing a full season due to injury.
After the disappointment of Ireland’s poor performance in last summers European Championships, the Dubliner would have hoped to put the nightmare in Poland behind him but instead has struggled to overcome persistent injuries.
He finally made his comeback for the Republic of Ireland after being let go by Aston Villa in an end of season friendly match against Georgia at Landsdowne Road.
The ex-Manchester City player joins QPR on a one year deal and after a successful career, Dunne will be aiming to help Harry Redknapp’s side bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of trying.
The Irishman said: “I’ve been very close to signing for Harry on a couple of occasions and the opportunity to work with him really appealed to me. Players want to play for Harry and I’m no different. I know the club didn’t have a good season last term, but – having spoken to Harry, as well as Tony (Fernandes) – there’s a real determination to bounce back into the Premier League, which is where we all want to be.
“I’ve played in the Championship and won it with Manchester City, so hopefully my experience will benefit the team over the course of the season. It’s a good challenge for me and one I’m very excited about.”
QPR’s manager was equally enthused about the experienced player joining his ranks, saying about the one time Everton player: “This is a great signing for us. He’s a top-class defender and a great guy. He’s a good character and just what we need
“”He was City’s Player of the Year four years running, and he will be fantastic at this football club. He’s exactly the type I’m looking for. Obviously he had his problems last season with the injury but there’s an agreement in place that if he breaks down, the contract can be ended. He’s confident he’ll be okay and from our point of view, if he doesn’t have any problems with it then we’ve just signed a very, very good centre-half.”
Dunne, who Man City are generally perceived to have let a high quality player go in favour of bigger names, will add determination, strength, nous and leadership to QPR. If he does remain fit he could prove to be one of the more significant signings Redknapp has made during his tenure at Loftus Road. Dunne will be hoping his injury problems are behind him and that he can get back to enjoying football again.