Date: 8th January 2015 at 5:57pm
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Queens Park Rangers have today (Thursday) snapped up Irish Under 19 starlet Ryan Manning.

The versatile attacking midfielder was out of contract with Galway United and pens a two and a half year deal with QPR.

In a deal that was widely-reported to happen this week, Manning has revealed that he chose QPR among a host of others.

Speaking to Manning 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.’

Manning continued: ‘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.’

This appears to be the first deal contributed to by Rangers legend Les Ferdinand, who played a sizeable role in convincing Manning to come to W12.

Given the expensive failings of the past, a positive move to introduce younger talent into the squad certainly bodes well.

While not necessarily expected to compete in the first team right away – one would presume it’s only a matter of time if he can reproduce the sparkling form that helped Galway United to promotion in 2014.

He was voted Young Player of the Year, scoring six goals.