Galway’s Ryan Manning has today completed his long-awaited move to Harry Redknapp’s QPR.
Rumours have surrounded the 18-year-old’s future for weeks but he has finally been confirmed as the latest signing at Loftus Road.
Quoted by RTÉ Sport, Manning sees joining the Hoops as a ‘dream come true’.
“It feels like a dream come true – it’s all very surreal at the moment.
“There were a few clubs interested, but when I came over and met with the manager and Les (Ferdinand), I was in no doubt that I wanted to move to QPR.
“We spoke at length about QPR and what they thought of me as a player and it just seemed like a really good fit for everyone.
“The opportunity for me to progress as a player at a club like QPR is something I’m really looking forward to doing.
“I have some catching up to do. In my head I have put the first six months to getting used to the set-up, the full-time training and all that. By the start of next season I hope to really push on.
“I’m just delighted to be here and can’t wait to get started.”
Manning managed to score six goals last term and proving himself at such a high level, and at such a young age will stand to him as he aims to prove to QPR manager Redknapp that he is capable of playing at Premier League level. Proving this is also something Redknapp is hopeful of.
“He is still young and has a lot to learn but it’s a good gamble for us to take.
“I think he feels he has got a real chance of playing for us here, and hopefully he will progress with us. We’re certainly pleased to have him.”
He will be a major loss to Tommy Dunne’s side as they must now plan for the new season ahead without one of their star players.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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