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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ex-QPRs on the Move? Shittu...Sinclair...Brown

re Danny Shittu - CLUBCALL - Defender ponders Watford future
Defender Danny Shittu has revealed that he could quit relegated Watford this summer as he wants to remain in the Premiership.
The 26-year-old former QPR and Charlton star has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Hornets in the Premiership, despite their relegation. And, with Clarke Carlisle out of action for the vast majority of the campaign due to injury, Shittu has been a virtual ever-present.
His performances in the top flight have resulted in rumours linking him to West Ham, while he has been selected for Nigeria's 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda in June after an absence of two years from the national side. As a result he is hopeful of staying a Premiership player come the start of next season which means a summer departure from Vicarage Road is on the cards.
He said: "The reason why I am in the game is to play at the top level. I don't think I want to go down, so I will be considering my options at the end of the season.
"For now though, my focus is to continue to give hundred percent to Watford, but I know I would like to stay in the Premiership." Clubcall

BBC - [Trevor] Sinclair to end Man City career

Sinclair wants to move to another Premiership club
Former England midfielder Trevor Sinclair will leave Manchester City at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old joined the club from West Ham in 2003 but injuries have restricted him to 98 games.
"I have enjoyed my time enormously and have fulfilled my dream of playing for the club I have always supported," Sinclair told the City website.
Be he has no plans to retire, adding: "I feel I can play in the Premiership for at least another couple of years."

Sinclair, who played at the 2002 World Cup, won 12 caps for England, the last of which came in May 2003.

His £2.5m move to City later that summer coincided with an unfortunate run of luck with injuries.

His latest comeback from a knee problem has featured substitute appearances against Aston Villa and Manchester United but City boss Stuart Pearce has opted against renewing the winger's contract. BBC

Swindon Advertiser - SWINDON TOWN: [Aaron] Brown surprised at chop
By Andy Cryer

AARON Brown admits he was "surprised" and "disappointed" to be axed from the County Ground but insists he is confident he can get his career back on track, writes ANDY CRYER.

The Town midfielder, pictured right, was told by boss Paul Sturrock he would not be getting a new contract and Brown admits it is just the latest set-back in a string of disappointments'.

The sky looked to be the limit for the young Bristolian when his performances for Bristol City at the start of the decade saw him become a half a million pound transfer target for West Bromwich Albion, but since then fortunes have plunged.

A broken leg wrecked any move to the Hawthorns and since then the 27-year-old has struggled to re-ignite his career.

After an unsuccessful spell at QPR, Brown joined Town in 2006 but a promising start was dashed following the dismissal of Iffy Onuora as manager, and a self-proclaimed "silly transfer request".

He said: "It is harsh but that is football. I have to admit I was surprised because I have been involved pretty much all season.

advertisement"But I have to accept it and move on. The manager said to me he felt I needed to be playing regular football and he could not promise that here and I respect the way he has treated me.

"He has always been straight down the line with me, never lied to me and I thank him for everything. There are no bitter feelings towards him or the club. He has to do what he thinks best.

"I am only 27 and he knew I didn't have time on my side. I still believe I have the best years ahead of me but I know it is going to be difficult because a lot of players will be in the same situation this summer.

"I am not worrying though. I am sure I will find a club and then I need to stay there a few years and start getting my career back."

Brown, pictured, made a total of 62 appearances for Swindon, scoring four goals, but admits he never recovered from the departure of Onuora.

"I played every game but one under Iffy," said Brown. "Then Dennis Wise came in and through no-one's fault but my own, I said I wanted to leave.

"I have already admitted it was a mistake and Dennis brought Andy Monkhouse in and I was second in line.

"Then Paul Sturrock came and he brought in Sofi, which again left me on the bench. Hopefully Swindon can challenge for promotion again next season, they will need one or two players though.

"League Two was not a great league. There were some poor teams in it and not a lot of football played. I don't think it suited my game very much."

Looking back at his career to date, Brown admits he has struggled to regain the form that saw him become one of the lower league's hottest prospects.

He said: "There was all that talk about West Brom and things were going well for me. I broke my leg though at City but still decided to leave.

"I joined QPR and thought my rehab was straight forward, it wasn't though and I ended up not playing for a year. When I did get fit, it was difficult to get in the team.

"I believe my ability is still there but that is not for me to decide, it is for other managers. Hopefully one of them will agree with me." Swindon Advertiser

Vital Football - Bournemouth Bond not interested in Steve Lomas

Kevin Bond has denied reports linking him to former QPR midfielder Steve Lomas.
While he also admitted that he won't be renewing his interest in released Northampton Town defender Sean Dyche.
Speaking about Lomas, Bond told the Daily Echo...
'He won't be a player I'm interested in...'
'I'm familiar with him from my days at Manchester City but he isn't in my thoughts at this moment in time.' Bournemouth

Dougie Freeman - And at Crystal Palace, Dougie Freeman has been offered a new contract BBC

And then on the INCOMING Rumour Front

Today's Sun and Mail have stories re Lee Camp signing for QPR

The Sun - LEE CAMP will turn his back on £8,000 a week by moving to QPR.

Derby keeper Camp, 22, impressed on loan at Rangers this season.

He could earn £12,000 a week as Stephen Bywater’s understudy at the Rams.

But he would rather have first-team football and a £4,000 wage by joining QPR for £200,000. The Sun

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