Rangers defender ready for Premier League challenge

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Danny Shittu's Queen's Park Rangers love affair continues after the Nigerian defender extended his third spell at Loftus Road by a further year.

The 30-year-old stopper has penned a deal that will keep him in west London until the summer of 2012, having returned to the club in January after a four year absence.

Shittu played eight times for QPR last term as they romped to the Npower Championship title, and the imposing centre-back can't wait to get going next season in the Barclays Premier League.

“I am pleased to have my future sorted out and am delighted that I will be spending the next year with QPR in the [Barclays] Premier League,” he told the club’s official website.


“I had other options available but I love this club and to have been involved in our promotion from the Championship last season is something I will never forget.”

Shittu has clocked nearly 200 appearances for Rangers, and with previous top-flight experience from his time with Watford and Bolton Wanderers, manager Neil Warnock has decided that Shittu will provide valuable competition for places in his squad next season.

Reflecting on the club’s first week of training after the players’ summer break, Shittu revealed how the entire squad wants to hit the ground running ahead of the 2011/12 campaign.

"Everyone is now working hard in pre-season to try and get their place in the manager's starting line-up," he continued.

"It has been tough - pre-season always is - but I have enjoyed the first couple of days back,

“Now I want to play my part in helping QPR stay in the Premier League.”

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