By Damian Dolan.
Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne has joined Championship club QPR on a one-year deal.
Dunne, 33, was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season having not featured last season due to a persistent groin injury. Dunne made 111 appearances for Villa after joining them from Man City in 2009.
Dunne, who has won 77 international caps, made his first appearance in a year when he played 25 minutes in Ireland’s friendly win over Georgia last month.
“I’ve been very close to signing for Harry on a couple of occasions. Players want to play for Harry and I’m no different,” said Dunne.
“I know the club didn’t have a good season last term but there’s a real determination to bounce back into the Premier League, which is where we all want to be. It’s a good challenge for me and one I’m very excited about.”
Rangers manager Harry Redknapp said: “He’s a top-class defender and just what we need. He will be fantastic at this football club. He’s exactly the type I’m looking for.”
“Obviously he had his problems last season with the injury but there’s an agreement in place that if he breaks down, the contract can be ended.
“He’s confident he’ll be okay and from our point of view, if he doesn’t have any problems with it then we’ve just signed a very, very good centre-half.”