UPDATED: Dyer seals move to QPR
FORMER Ipswich Town hero Kieron Dyer has completed his move to Premier League new boys QPR.
Free agent Dyer, 32, penned a one-year contract with the Loftus Road club and admitted he had something to prove after being beset by injuries in recent years.
Dyer said: “I’m just delighted to be here. QPR are an ambitious club and when I sat down with Neil (QPR boss Warnock) and he explained the vision for the club - specifically the hunger and the determination of the squad - I just wanted to be part of it. He totally sold the club to me.
“I’ve got something to prove after the couple of years I’ve had, but I feel good and I’m really looking forward to playing my part next season.”
Dyer will join the Premier League newcomers with words of support from Warnock who has defended the club’s gamble on the injury-plagued midfielder.
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The QPR manager said: “As far as I’m concerned it’s a gamble worth taking. He really impressed me in training and it looks like he has been working hard on his fitness throughout the summer.
“He has a lot of experience and is desperate to play in the Premier League again. I like the hunger he’s got and he wants to prove a point.”
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Former boy wonder Dyer, who returned to Ipswich for an underwhelming one-month loan deal last season, was thought to be considering whether to take a step down and sign for a Championship club.
Middlesbrough and Town, naturally given Dyer’s history with the club, were linked over the summer.
Dyer has become QPR’s second pre-season signing after fellow free transfer Jay Bothroyd’s switch to Loftus Road was confirmed this morning.