Galway youngster Manning signs new deal with QPR following impressive run

The deal keeps him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2019.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS’ youngster Ryan Manning has topped off an already phenomenal few weeks by signing a new contract.

The 20-year-old Galway-born midfielder penned a two-and-a-half year extension, which keeps him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2019.

Manning made his QPR first team debut against Wolves on New Year’s Eve and has been impressing ever since.

Having not got a look in under previous boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, new manager Ian Holloway saw potential in the rising star and has hailed him since, labeling him as ‘outstanding’.

Manning has made three appearances to date, impressing in both his debut and the following victories over Ispwich Town and Reading.

“I’m delighted to sign the contract,” the midfielder told the club website.

“It’s been an unbelievable couple of weeks for me. When I went back home for Christmas for a couple of days I had no idea this would happen.

“It’s been a whirlwind to be honest, but I’ve enjoyed every minute and now the contract is sorted, I’m really hoping I can kick on.”

He’s understandably relishing further chances at the club and looking forward to kicking on from here.

“Now the contract is signed, it’s time to focus fully on playing and getting results for QPR,” he continued.

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“I’m sure I’ll gain a little more confidence from signing the new deal, knowing I’m moving in the right direction. I know this is just the start though. I’m not the kind of person who will rest on their laurels or get too carried away.

“This is all about progress for me now – and hopefully that coincides with QPR progressing at the same time. I feel QPR is the perfect club for me, to enable me to keep progressing.

“The manager has given me great confidence and helped me with the transition from 23′s to First Team football. I’m loving every minute and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings.”

Manning began his career at Mervue United, making his breakthrough as a teenager in 2013 with nine goals in 28 league appearances. He joined Galway United in 2014 and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier Division, scoring twice in the play-offs against UCD.

He has played for Ireland at underage level, and arrived at QPR from Galway in January 2015.

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