Richard Dunne wants to stay at QPR next season whether it be in the Premier League or the Championship.
The 35-year-old revealed to getwestlondon he has shelved plans to retire in May, and welcomes the chance to bow out at Loftus Road.
The Irish international made a near miraculous recovery from medial ligament damage in February to come on as a last-minute sub against Chelsea two weeks ago, and played a full part in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with West Ham.
It’s partly through the injury Dunne believes he has been given a new lease of life, and smiled when suggested he would be in a win-win situation at Rangers if the club offers him a new deal.
If QPR survive, he will have played a vital part in a struggling campaign. If they go down, even at 35, Dunne has more than enough to stroll the Championship at the back.
He said: “I’d love to stay. I’ve really enjoyed my time here over the last couple of seasons whether it be in this league or the Championship.
“If the opportunity was there, I’d love to bring the club back up if it came to that.
“I’d like to play again, missing out a big chunk of the campaign, you don’t want to end it here. After the initial couple of weeks when I did the injury, I knew I would be all right to help the club over the next few weeks. Another season or two would be brilliant.”
Not only would Dunne like to remain, he believes Chris Ramsey is the right man for the full-time manager’s job, even though the club remain in the bottom three.
“He’s done very well, and we’ve been organised and over the last month we’ve picked up a few points,” Dunne added.
“The longer he gets in charge the more he can build the side himself. I’m sure it will be a positive thing for the club. If the worse does happen, and we are relegated I’m sure he’s capable of bringing us back up.”
Ramsey, Dunne and Rangers are far from throwing in the towel, but games are running out. The next two are the daunting tasks of taking on Liverpool (Saturday) and Manchester City next week in their own back yards.
“We don’t fear the games, we just know how important they are,” the defender said. “But we need to get something there to give us a chance in the last two games.”
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