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Murphy agrees a two-year QPR deal

IRISH 'keeper Brian Murphy has secured his future by agreeing a new deal with relegated QPR.

The former Bohemians man was out of contract at Loftus Road and faced a decision over his next career move as he was third-choice goalkeeper last season, behind Rob Green and Julio Cesar, and didn't make a first-team appearance.

But following talks with manager Harry Redknapp he has penned a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2015.

"I'm really pleased to have finally got it all sorted," the Waterford man said.

"We've been in talks for a couple of months now, so it's nice to have the deal signed and I can focus fully on next season. In many ways it's been frustrating not to play as much as I'd have liked, because I've been used to playing regularly.

"I just work hard, try to impress every day and thankfully Harry and his staff have put their faith in me by giving me a new two-year deal.

"I've been lucky enough to work with some top 'keepers throughout my career, but working with Julio, Rob and Radek (Cerny) has been unbelievable and I'm sure I'm a better keeper for it."

Meanwhile, former Ireland man Gary Breen has joined the coaching staff at Peterborough United. Breen, who played for Peterborough from 1994-96, has agreed a two-year deal and will be added to Darren Ferguson's coaching staff.

NORTHERN IRELAND manager Michael O'Neill admits he is surprised Wolves teenager Liam McAlinden has chosen to turn his back on the Irish Football Association in favour of the Republic.

The 19-year-old turned down a call-up for Northern Ireland's U21s last week having informed the IFA he wished to play for the Republic of Ireland.

O'Neill has made it a priority of his reign to stop the player drain that saw the likes of Darron Gibson, Marc Wilson, Shane Duffy and James McClean opt for the Republic instead of Northern Ireland during Nigel Worthington's tenure, but McAlinden's decision is a setback.

"It was one which came as a little bit of a surprise to us. I met Liam personally on a couple of occasions and we met with him hoping that might persuade him to stay with Northern Ireland, but he has decided to stick by his decision."