Friday 19 January 2018

Richard Dunne released by relegated QPR along with Joey Barton and Rio Ferdinand

Richard Dunne in action for QPR this season.
Richard Dunne in action for QPR this season.

Irish pair Richard Dunne and Brian Murphy are among the six players released by QPR following their relegation from the Premier League.

Dunne, who joined the club in 2011, made 13 appearances in an injury-ravaged season at Loftus Road and the 35-year-old was expected to make his departure this summer.

Former Bohemians and Ipswich Town goalkeeper Murphy has also been let go by the club he joined four years ago. The 32-year-old net-minder made just one appearance in this season, in the Capital One Cup and appeared on just six occasions for the first-team.

Joey Barton, Rio Ferdinand, Bobby Zamora and Shaun-Wright-Phillips are the other players released, and will depart when their contracts expire next month.

Barton, Dunne and Zamora played 24, 28 and 33 games respectively this season but Ferdinand, whose wife Rebecca died from cancer earlier this month, managed just 12 appearances after joining from Manchester United last summer.

On-loan quartet Mauricio Isla, Niko Kranjcar, Eduardo Vargas and Mauro Zarate have all returned to their parent clubs.

However, 36-year-old defender Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin, whose contracts are also due to expire, have been offered new deals to stay at Loftus Road this summer while midfielder Karl Henry has until June 30 to exercise his contractual option for a further year.

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