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Irish teen Ryan aiming for a first team spot at QPR

IRELAND U19 cap Ryan Manning says he hopes to make a push for the first team at QPR for the start of next season as he prepares to complete his move to the Premier League in England.

Manning was in demand after he helped Galway FC win promotion to the Premier Division for next season but after a lengthy chase, QPR have now agreed terms on a two and a half year contract and the paperwork should be completed by the end of this week, as a verbal agreement was reached at a pre-Christmas meeting with boss Harry Redknapp.

Everton, Tottenham and Derby County were keeping tabs on the forward but QPR have now won the race.

"I have some catching up to do. In my head, I have the first six months to get used to everything," says Manning. "By the start of next season I hope to push on and break into the first team. The two and a half years gives me a bit of time to settle in and hopefully break into the first team."

Manning made his senior debut with Mervue United in 2013 but made further progress with Galway FC in their promotion-winning season last year.

"He is a good player, he can play in different positions, he can play as a No. 10 or out wide and he has a very good left foot. If he does go to England he has a good chance," Galway boss Tommy Dunne told The Herald.

QPR have Irish players Richard Dunne and Brian Murphy in the first team squad while U19 cap Reece Grego-Cox was on the bench for last week's FA Cup tie while Michael Harriman (Luton) and Frankie Sutherland (AFC Wimbledon) are on loan.