QPR boss Harry Redknapp thrilled with Ryan Manning signing
Republic of Ireland U19 midfielder signs from Galway United on two-and-a-half year deal
Ryan Manning joins QPR from Galway United on a two-and-half year deal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is delighted to have pipped other Premier League clubs to the signing of Irish teenager Ryan Manning from Galway United on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder will move to Loftus Road straight away, with Redknapp thrilled at the arrival of the Republic of Ireland underage international.
“Ryan is a young lad who has been chased by a number of top clubs in the Premier League. We have managed to secure him and bring him here, so we’re delighted with that,” said Redknapp on the official QPR website.
“He is a busy player who can play off the left or in behind the striker. He is still young and has a lot to learn but it’s a good gamble for us to take.
“I think he feels he has got a real chance of playing for us here, and hopefully he will progress with us. We’re certainly pleased to have him.”
Manning, who has scored once in three appearances for the Republic of Ireland under-19 side at that level, said: “It feels like a dream come true – it’s all very surreal at the moment.
“There were a few clubs interested, but when I came over and met with the manager and Les (Ferdinand), I was in no doubt that I wanted to move to QPR.
“We spoke at length about QPR and what they thought of me as a player and it just seemed like a really good fit for everyone.
“The opportunity for me to progress as a player at a club like QPR is something I’m really looking forward to doing.
“I have some catching up to do. In my head I have put the first six months to getting used to the set-up, the full-time training and all that. By the start of next season I hope to really push on.
“I’m just delighted to be here and can’t wait to get started.”