Veteran Shaun Derry has waited a long time for a crack at the top flight and is not about to pass up his opportunity – not even for his beloved Crystal Palace.
The hard-working, tough tackling midfielder left Selhurst a year ago and played a key anchor role in QPR’s charge to the Npower Championship title.
His discipline in the holding role for Rangers allowed the enigmatic Adel Taarabt do his own thing, to great effect it has to be said, and Derry clocked up an impressive 45 first team appearances in the league alone.
Despite being linked with his old club, nothing’s going to sway Derry from the task of helping QPR establish themselves in the Premier League, where they will be playing for the first time in 15 years.
That’s about as long as Derry himself has been plying his trade on the league circuit, and he says: “I'm looking forward to the derbies. I've never played at Chelsea, I've never played at The Emirates or White Hart Lane.
"And the derby days at Loftus Road – they'll be special. The Rangers fans have made it clear they've been waiting 15 years for this."
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