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15:45 21st January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Midfield-general signs one year extension

MIDFIELD-GENERAL Shaun Derry has put pen to paper on a one-year extension to his current contract at Loftus Road.

The R’s fans’ favourite – who joined Rangers on a free transfer in June 2010 and has since gone onto make 91 appearances in all competitions – has signed a new deal until the summer of 2014.

The 35 year-old midfielder expressed his delight at penning the deal, commenting: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“It’s changing times once again with Harry (Redknapp) coming in and I find myself playing more now than I did under Mark Hughes.

"I'm just so delighted to commit myself to the club for another year – I’m enjoying my football more than ever.”

He added: "The fans played a major role in this decision.

"When you're not in the side or even in the squad and you're questioning whether or not you should move on, it always stuck in my mind the many happy memories I've had here.

"Now I’m back in the side and I'm appreciated by the fans as much as I have been since I arrived here and that means so much - it feels like home here.

"I've come to the club at the latter stages of my career but without question, I've enjoyed the happiest time of my career at QPR.”

Derry found opportunities limited at the start of this season, but the arrival of Redknapp has breathed fresh life into the midfielder, with his return to the side coinciding in an upturn in fortunes for the R’s.

“Harry’s got everyone believing again,” he told

“There’s a togetherness about us now. The team spirit – which comes through runs like this – is improving all the time.

“We’re all coming together at the moment. We’re showing that togetherness that is required.” 

With just nine games to go until he reaches 100 competitive outings for the R’s, Derry is determined to join the 100 club at Loftus Road.

He added: “I’m determined to hit that landmark figure. That will be a fantastic achievement.

“People who have followed me throughout my career will notice that I’ve moved on every two or three years, but when you hit that 100 game mark it’s a fantastic milestone.”

*An exclusive interview with Shaun Derry will be available to QPR Player subscribers later this week. To subscribe to QPR Player, click here

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