QPR pull release trigger on Kieron Dyer
QPR release midfielder Kieron Dyer after 18-months at Loftus Road
Former England midfielder Kieron Dyer has been released by Queen's Park Rangers after making just eight first team appearances in 18 months, despite scoring his first goal for the club last weekend.
Dyer struck late on for the Hoops to earn his side an FA Cup third round replay against high-flying West Brom, in what subsequently transpired to be Dyer's last game for the club.
Speaking on Tuesday morning, manager Harry Redknapp announced to the press that he had elected to trigger a release clause in Dyer's contract to end his stay at QPR six months early.
In spite of the former West Ham and Newcastle man's numerous injury setbacks over the past several seasons, the move has come as somewhat of a shock after Dyer had finally appeared to be settling back into first team football at Loftus Road in recent weeks.
"He wasn't in my plans and I think he's got something to offer someone," QPR boss Redknapp stated, according to The Guardian.
"If he can stay clear of injuries I'm sure there are clubs that will offer him the chance to play football."
Others may not share Redknapp's confidence however, as it is now six years since Dyer managed 20 competitive appearances in a season, stretching back to his playing days with Newcastle United.
Whilst there has not yet been talk of the 34-year-old retiring from professional football, it is difficult to see another top flight side taking a gamble on him after successive failures with both the Hammers and Hoops.
Were an Npower Championship side to gamble on the former England international, then Ipswich Town - where Dyer began his career and also spent some time on loan back in 2011 - would logically appeal to the player at least.