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Richard Dunne targets promotion push with QPR after signing contract extension

The Irish defender has played 37 games for the Championship side this season.

Richard Dunne and Burnley's Danny Ings compete for possession.
Richard Dunne and Burnley's Danny Ings compete for possession.
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RICHARD DUNNE HAS been a virtual ever-present for QPR in the Championship this season and has been rewarded for his form and consistency with a one-year contract extension.

Dunne, who was signed by QPR from Aston Villa on a free transfer, has played 37 times for the club this season. He has recovered well from a groin injury that cost him the entire 2012/13 season.

“I am delighted,” the 34-year-old told his club’s website. “After missing a year through injury, to come back and play so many games is great. There is naturally always that worry that the injury may go again, so to play as regularly as I have has been brilliant. If we can kick on now and finish on a high, that would be the ultimate end to the season.”

While Dunne has proved the model of combative consistency, Harry Redknapp’s side have faltered in their promotion push since the turn of the year. They are nine points off Burnley, in the automatic promotion, runners-up spot, but odds-on to secure a playoff berth.

“What we have to do now is try to get as many points on the board as possible, and also to mentally prepare ourselves for the playoffs,” said Dunne. “When they come around we’ve got to make sure we’re in good form.”

He added, “The aim from the start of this season was to win promotion to the Premier League and that remains the case. That’s all we’re concentrating on at the moment. Whatever happens at the end of May, we’ll prepare accordingly for next season and for whatever challenge that brings.”

Fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, are expected to name Stuart Pearce as their manager for 2014/15.

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