A couple of months ago, we thought it would be the end of a bloody brilliant career. With QPR staring down the barrel, Richard Dunne sustained a knee injury in February that looked like it could finish his career. The Ireland international proved everyone wrong by returning to action before the end of the season and now he plans to keep going.
QPR were, of course, relegated and with Dunne out of contract, the assumption would be that he is considering retirement. But he's having none of it. The 35 year old has explained that he fully intends to keep going for another year and is doing everything he can to earn a new contract with QPR.
I’m not sure about my future. Hopefully I can play again next season but will have a rest now.
I need some time off, it’s been a disappointing season in terms of where we finished. But now the season is over hopefully I can come back fresh.
If I’m at QPR it will be great, that’s the aim and if we can come back up but at the moment I will just see how things go over the summer.
It's fair to say, at times last year, Dunne's lack of pace did seem to catch up with him. However, as he showed in the Championship the previous season, his experience can be an invaluable addition to a promotion chasing side and QPR could do a lot worse than sign him up again.