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This former Premier League player promises 'banter with everyone' on this year's I'm A Celebrity

Kieron Dyer is heading to the jungle and he’s not the only ex-athlete taking part.

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KIERON DYER HAS promised to ‘have banter with everyone’ once he arrives in the jungle.

The 36-year-old former Newcastle and West Ham footballer has been unveiled as one of the ten personalities competing in this year’s ITV reality TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Dyer was an immensely well-regarded young prospect at Ipswich and his form while at his hometown club led to Ruud Gullit splashing £6m on him in the summer of 1999.

He stayed eight years on Tyneside but his time there was arguably overshadowed by an on-field altercation with team-mate Lee Bowyer in 2005 – the pair having to be separated by team-mates.

He moved to West Ham in 2007 but his persistent injury problems ensured he barely featured for the club.

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In 2010, when the Hammers got new owners in David Sullivan and David Gold, it was revealed that Dyer was earning £83,000 per week plus over half a million per year in image rights and loyalty fees.

He finally left and joined QPR the following but it was more of the same at Loftus Road with Dyer making five appearances in two seasons.

His playing career came to an end in 2013 after a short-term stint at Middlesbrough.

Dyer isn’t the only ex-athlete heading to Oz this year.

Ex-boxer Chris Eubank will also be taking part.

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