QPR have the option of terminating Richard Dunne’s contract if the Republic of Ireland defender’s injury troubles flare up again.
Dunne joined the Championship club on a one-year deal yesterday, a month after being released by Aston Villa.
The decision to release Dunne came as little surprise given the 33-year-old missed the entirety of Villa’s Premier League campaign last season with a persistent groin injury.
And concerns over Dunne’s well-bring mean there’s a clause in his contract that will allow QPR dispense will his services in the event of injury.
“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,” QPR manager Harry Redknapp revealed yesterday.
Redknapp, however, believes the former Manchester City and Everton man will prove an inspired signing as the London outfit seek to secure an immediate return to the Premier League following last season’s relegation.
“This is a great signing for us. He’s a top-class defender and a great guy. He’s a good character and just what we need,” Redknapp purred.
“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.”
Dunne, who will link up with his new team-mates for the first time when the Rangers squad travel to Austria for a pre-season tour today, said the prospect of working with Redknapp appealed to him.
“I’ve been very close to signing for Harry on a couple of occasions and the opportunity to work with him really appealed to me. Players want to play for Harry and I’m no different,” he revealed.
“I know the club didn’t have a good season last term, but, having spoken to Harry, as well as [chairman] Tony [Fernandes], there’s a real determination to bounce back into the Premier League, which is where we all want to be.
“I’ve played in the Championship and won it with Manchester City, so hopefully my experience will benefit the team over the course of the season.”
The news will also come as a relief to Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who will hope Dunne can prove his fitness before September’s World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.
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