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Galway teenager Ryan Manning has been cleared to play in Premier League - QPR

The youngster had been left in limbo owing to a dispute over compensation.

Ryan Manning impressed with Galway last year.
Ryan Manning impressed with Galway last year.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

THE FOOTBALLING FUTURE of Galway teenager Ryan Manning has been resolved, according to QPR.

The Irish youngster sealed a transfer to the Premier League outfit during the January transfer window, but the promising attacking midfielder had been left in limbo as he had yet to receive international clearance, and was only allowed feature in friendly matches.

The problem stemmed from a dispute between QPR and Galway United over compensation. Speaking to The42 on Thursday morning, a spokesperson for the London club said the issue had been resolved and Manning was now free to play in all competitions.

A spokesperson for Galway was not in a position to comment on the matter when contacted.

The Ireland U19 international caught the eye in the League of Ireland last year, and penned a two-and-a-half year deal with the English club in early January.

Speaking to the official QPR’s official website following news of Manning’s transfer, then-manager Harry Redknapp said:

“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.

“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.”

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