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Sunday 17 December 2017

Manning up for Premier tilt

QPR’s Ryan Manning.
QPR’s Ryan Manning.

Irish prospect Ryan Manning is aiming for the Premier League with QPR after signing a long-term deal with the Championship outfit.

The Galway lad broke into the side at Loftus Road last season, making 18 league appearances. Manning (20) still had a year left on his deal with Rangers but the cub were keen to tie him down on a long-term contract, and they have now agreed on an extension which keeps him at QPR until 2020.

"I am delighted to have signed an extension, it's a great reassurance for me," said the former Galway United man.

"Hopefully in the next three years we can build something, start finishing at the right end of the table and then get back to the Premier League.

"It's been seven months since I made my debut, and it's a crazy story really, when you think about it.

"To come from Ireland and playing in the League of Ireland, to playing regularly in the Championship, like I was last season, it's something I am definitely proud of.

"I want to keep pushing on. I am working towards my next contract now, that's the way I look at it, Helping out the team and being of value to the squad is paramount."

Meanwhile, Irish youngster Aaron O'Driscoll is enjoying his spell in the spoptlght with Southampton. The 18-year-old defender has travelled to Austria with the first team squad for pre-season and played in a friendly against St Gallen.

"It's great to learn from these players, that gives you an insight into where you want to be so you can push on," says the highly-rated Dubliner.

"It's a good experience and the lads have been good to me."

Meanwhile, former Ireland man Kevin Sheedy has moved to a coaching role with Saudi Arabia outfit Al Shabab after his exit from the Everton staff.

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