Towering centre-half Rob Dickie became QPR's fourth signing of summer 2020 when he put pen to paper on a four-year contract on September 1st.
Born in Wokingham, Dickie joined his local club Reading as a youngster and signed his first professional deal with the Royals in 2016.
He quickly made a name for himself in the youth set-up in Berkshire and was a key part of the Royals' Under-18’s side that reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2014.
The first senior playing experience Dickie gained was with Conference South side Basingstoke Town, where as an 18-year-old he helped the Hampshire club claim a third-place finish, but defeat over two legs in the play-off semi-finals against Whitehawk meant his first full season in football ended in disappointment.
During this time, ball-playing centre half Dickie was called up to represent his country with the youngster gaining caps at both Under-18 and Under-19 level for England.
His next loan saw him join Cheltenham Town, initially on a short-term basis. Under the guidance of experienced manager Gary Johnson, Dickie quickly established himself in Gloucestershire and became a key part of their side.
Cheltenham went on to claim an impressive 101 points in the National League, sealing a return to the EFL.
With the National League season finishing a week earlier than the Championship, Dickie returned to his parent club Reading and he made his solidarity appearance for the Royals, coming on as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign.
A change of management ahead of the 2016/17 campaign at the Madejski saw Dickie return to Cheltenham Town for the first half of the season.
But, as the festive period arrived, the defender returned to Reading and helped guide their Under-23s to the final of the Premier League Cup.
Following another successful loan spell, this time under the Cowley brothers at Lincoln City, Pep Clotet took the ball-playing defender to Oxford United in 2018 on a permanent switch, with the then 21-year-old signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, stating that United’s attractive style of play was the main factor in him making the move.
However, after only a few weeks, Spaniard Clotet was replaced by former MK Dons and Charlton Athletic boss Karl Robinson.
Under Robinson, Dickie went on to produce some outstanding performances, with the youngster being named Oxford Supporters’ Player of the Year for 2019/20 as he helped them reach the Sky Bet League One play-off final.
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- Full Name:
- Rob Dickie
- Date of birth:
- 3rd March 1996
- 186 cm
- 88 kg
- Date signed:
- 1st September 2020