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EXCLUSIVE: DEAL FOR O’NEIL

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15:45 7th August 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Former West Ham midfielder signs one year contract

HARRY Redknapp has added to his midfield options with the signing of Gary O’Neil.

The 30 year-old, who was a free agent following his release from West Ham United at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, has signed a one year contract at Loftus Road.

O’Neil has been training with the R’s during the last fortnight and Redknapp has been suitably impressed by the midfielder, whom was part of his Portsmouth squad that sealed promotion to the Premier League in 2002/03.

He told www.qpr.co.uk: “Gary’s a good player and a good pro.

“He was offered a new deal at West Ham but he decided he fancied coming here because he feels maybe he’ll get more game time at QPR.

“He can run all day long, he’s good on the ball, a good passer, he sees all the pictures in front of him and is a top professional.

“We’ve got plenty of options in that department now, but he’ll certainly add to what we’ve got – he’s a good, good player and will be a fine acquisition for us.”

O’Neil, who captained England at under-21 level in the early part of his career, added: “The challenge here is an exciting one.

“Obviously I know Harry well and he was a big factor in me coming here. The promotion season we had under him at Portsmouth was fantastic.

“He’s played a massive role in my development as a player and now I’m back playing for him again and I want to repay him by helping this club get back into the Premier League.”

He added: “There are so many games in the Championship and you need a strong squad to cope.

“At this early stage when there are not too many injuries and there are no suspensions, it will look like there’s an abundance of talent and choices, but it doesn’t take a lot for people to miss games, so you need to have a competitive squad with strength in depth.

“Having been in and around the squad for the last few weeks, I’ve seen how united the squad are to achieve what we all want to do.

“The togetherness is there – it’s a really happy camp and there’s a real good feel to the place.”

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