Sunday 23 October 2016

Richard Dunne eyes up a fresh deal with QPR

Relegation won't put Richard off new contract

Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne

RICHARD Dunne is keen to stay on with QPR no matter what division the London club are playing in next season.

The former Ireland defender is back in the Rangers side after an 11-week absence due to injury, Dunne helping the side earn a scoreless draw against West Ham last week.

But as they are in the bottom two, QPR need to pick up some wins, with only four games remaining in the league, their next test away to Liverpool tomorrow.

Dunne, 35, is out of contract next month but the Tallaght man is keen to not only extend his career but also stay on at Loftus Road, even if the side are relegated.


"I'd love to stay. I've really enjoyed my time here over the last couple of seasons whether it be in this League or the Championship. If the opportunity was there, I'd love to bring the club back up," says Dunne, who helped QPR win promotion from the Championship in his debut season there.

"I'd like to play again, missing out a big chunk of the campaign, you don't want to end it here.

"After the initial couple of weeks when I did the injury, I knew I would be all right to help the club over the next few weeks. Another season or two would be brilliant," added Dunne, who joined QPR in 2013 after an injury-cursed spell with Aston Villa.

A knee injury which he picked up in February threatened to end his season but Dunne made a quick recovery and his return to the starting XI last weekend coincided with their first clean sheet in nine games.

And boss Chris Ramsey feels that experienced players like Dunne can help the club stay up.

"The mood has been fantastic. They were quite a bit deflated at the end of the week because they thought they had done enough to win the game at the weekend," Ramsey said ahead of the clash with Liverpool tomorrow.

"But we've got people like Joey Barton, Clint Hill, Richard Dunne - they go around jollying people up and the other players too are making sure the chins aren't too low to the ground.

"Everyone is of the same mindset, we do believe we can stay up, we know it's going to be difficult but everybody is up for it."

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