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Rangers' Richard is not Dunne for yet

VETERAN defender Richard Dunne says he has no plans to retire from football at the end of the season because he's enjoying life at QPR too much.

Now 35, the current campaign is Dunne's 19th season of first-team football after he made his debut as a 17-year-old with Everton, all bar two of those seasons in the English top flight.

But a 20th season could be on the cards as the Tallaght man, who retired from international football earlier this year, has dismissed any talk of quitting at club level.

"People say to me 'are you going to retire at the end of the season?'. I honestly don't have any plans and don't think about retiring because if I keep thinking about it, it becomes a fact whether I should or shouldn't," says Dunne, who was QPR's man of the match in their last game, a win over Burnley.

"I will make a decision when the time comes. I want to play every game. I was fortunate Harry Redknapp took me on last year and I have enjoyed it. We have been galvanised over the last month and that's down to the manager."

Despite that praise from Dunne for the manager, earlier this week Rangers boss Redknapp hailed the impact made by Dunne since his arrival on a free transfer from Aston Villa after an injury which almost ended his career.

"I took Dunney on a free when nobody wanted him last season in the Championship," said Redknapp.

"When I picked him up he was out of work, basically. He hadn't played a game for Villa the year before through injury and we took a gamble on him. He came very much on an appearance related contract and he has been amazing," added Redknapp, whose side are in action against Everton on Monday night.

Dunne has made 10 appearances for Rangers this season and while he was left out of the side earlier in the campaign, he has helped steady the ship in recent games and starred in that 2-0 win over a Burnley side who are without Stephen Ward for the next six weeks with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Keith Andrews' loan spell with Watford appears to be at an end after a falling-out with manager Slavisa Jokanovic meant that the Dubliner was not even allowed to train with the Hornets.

Andrews, 34, was on loan to Watford from Bolton and the former Ireland man had helped on the pitch during a turbulent time which has seen four managers take charge at Vicarage Road since the summer.

He had made 11 appearances for the Hornets but was not in the match-day squad for their last game, against Fulham. Manager Jokanovic claimed that Andrews' omission was due to league rules on the number of loans players allowed in a match-day squad but something got lost in translation.

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"This is my decision. I decided to separate Keith Andrews from my team. He didn't understand my decision, he probably didn't understand me very well and probably had some problems when communicating with me," said the Serb.

"He probably had some problems with communication, he doesn't accept some of my decisions and he doesn't understand that being a professional player is sometimes on the pitch, sometimes in the stand and sometimes on the bench.

"I made the decision to separate him from the squad."

Andrews has now been left in limbo as he was unwanted at Bolton before the loan to Watford was arranged, though the presence of new manager Neil Lennon could help Andrews get back into the frame at Bolton.

Shay Given feels that momentum will carry Aston Villa through in their local derby against West Brom.

Villa are now unbeaten in five games and that's an ideal way for Paul Lambert's side to approach that clash with the Baggies. "It's a great game. We've won the last two games, of course. Training has been good this week. There's a real buzz," says Given. "Everyone is on a high and we're looking up the table rather than down.

It's a local derby and confidence is really high in the camp."


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