Saturday 24 March 2018

Dunne rules out return to play in League of Ireland

QPR 2-1 Newcastle

QPR's Richard Dunne has ruled out a move to the League of Ireland next year
QPR's Richard Dunne has ruled out a move to the League of Ireland next year

Rob Brennan

Former Ireland international Richard Dunne has ruled out returning home to play in the SSE Airtricity League.

Dunne, whose contract with QPR expires next month, is unsure whether he will be offered a new deal to play in the Championship next season. But, either way, the 35-year-old will not be following in the footsteps of Damien Duff who is set to finish his playing career in Ireland.

"I won't be going home. If QPR want me to come back, great; if not, I will have a look around for something else," he insisted.

Dunne helped Rangers secure their first home victory of the year thanks to second half goals from Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer, which piled the pressure on Newcastle United.

The introduction of Ireland U-19 international Reece Grego-Cox at half time added some much needed pace and energy to the QPR attack and Dunne is confident the youngster has the talent to become a top player.

"Every day I have to mark Reece in training and I always come in with bruises and cuts everywhere. He's launching into tackles and getting stuck in to all of the lads.

"I just told him to go out and enjoy himself and to do what he has been doing in training.

The Irish contingent look set to play a significant role at Rangers next season. Under-21 internationals Frankie Sutherland and Michael Harriman have been offered new deals along with Ben Pattie, while Dunne is confident that former Galway United player Ryan Manning will also make an impact next season.

"I played with the reserves a couple of weeks ago and Ryan was outstanding. I've no doubts he has what it takes."

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