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Saturday 19 August 2017

Irish Ranger Ryan gets his reward after 'rotting away'

Ryan Manning Picture: PA
Ryan Manning Picture: PA

QPR fans are now waking up to the talent which they have on their hands in Irish youngster Ryan Manning after he scored his first goal for the club last weekend.

But the Galway lad makes it clear that he's not an overnight success and has had to work hard to get where is is. Yet to be capped even at U21 level, Manning (20) is already speaking of his target of a place in the senior Ireland squad but after a run of four games and now one goal for a relegation-threatened QPR side, he's pleased to get his rewards now after a frustrating spell.

"I'm just delighted that I'm getting a chance," said Manning (left), who joined QPR from Galway United two years ago but has only recently been given a run.

"It was a massively frustrating time for me, thinking I had something to offer. I felt like I was rotting away with the U23s.

"Going back to Ireland was never an option. I was always going to give it a good go in England before going home. The new manager (Ian Holloway) came in, just plucked me out of the U23s and gave me my chance.

"I want to play international football, like every Irish footballer. And if Martin O'Neill feels that I deserve a call up, I'd be absolutely over the moon with it. So my long-term goal is to play international football."

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