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VERSATILE defender Danny Simpson is set to join QPR on a three-year deal.

The 26 year-old will officially become a QPR player on July 1st following the conclusion of his existing contract with Newcastle United.

Simpson – who started his career at Manchester United – becomes Harry Redknapp’s first signing of the summer and the Eccles-born defender is excited about the next chapter of his career at Loftus Road.

“I want to play week in week out. That was the main thing for me. Harry wants me playing and he wants me involved,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“He’s a top manager, and as soon as I spoke to him I knew this was the right move for me.

“I’ve always admired him. He is a great man in the game and I have a lot of respect for him.

“In training and games I will give 110 per-cent. I know Harry has spoken to other coaches about me and I am sure one thing they would have said is that I am a good pro and that’s what he wants in his squad.”

He added: “From what I have heard from Harry and the staff I have spoken to, along with some of the players here who I know well, they are very determined to put things behind them and start afresh and get back into the Premier League where the club belongs.

“I want to play my part in that and do everything I can for the club and the fans. I really think we can go straight back up.”

A delighted Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk: “He’s the type we want at the club.

“He’s a good professional, a good character and a good player who knows his job in the side.

“He’ll be a really fine acquisition for us. It’s a fantastic piece of business for the club on a free transfer.”

Redknapp added: “Danny’s an experienced player and made a real name for himself at Newcastle. He played regularly in the side that just missed out on a place in the top four in 2011/12.

“I spoke to a few of the coaching staff at Newcastle – friends of mine from over the years who I know and trust – and they spoke very highly of him.”

Simpson, who made 138 appearances for the Geordies, is due to meet up with his new R’s team-mates for the first time when the squad return for pre-season training next Monday.