QPR release six players as they look to rebuild

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Following their relegation to the Championship, QPR have announced they will be releasing six players in the coming weeks, including: Rio Ferdinand, Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora, the Guardian reports.

The trio will all depart the club when their contracts expire on June 30, as part of a significant cost-cutting measure by the club as they prepare for the new season.

Other players leaving the club at the end of June include: Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Brian Murphy.

Different paths beckon for each player following the decision by QPR to release them.

Ferdinand is likely to call time on an outstanding career, particularly following the recent tragic passing of his wife.

Both Barton and Zamora are likely to continue playing for at least another season, with both ironically likely to sign for a Championship club, but on reduced wages.

Although there is a suggestion that Barton could move abroad, following a successful loan spell at Olympique de Marseille in 2012-13.

Potential destinations

Dunne is also likely to opt to retire; at 35 he could struggle to find a new club. Wright-Phillips could potentially move to the MLS, as his brother currently plays for New York Red Bulls. While Murphy has been linked with a return to the League of Ireland.

QPR has also announced that Niko Krancjar, Mauricio Isla, Eduardo Vargas and Mauro Zarate have all returned to their parent clubs following loan periods.

While fans favourite Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin have both been offered new deals to remain at Loftus Road and Karl Henry could exercise a clause in his contract to stay for a further year.

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