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Friday, June 29, 2007

Another Signing: John Curtiss From Nottingham Forest

QPR have signed the almost-29 year old, ex-Manchester United, Barnsley, Blackburn, Sheffield United, Leicester, Portsmouth, Preston and Nottinham Forest defender, John Curtis (who was recently released by Nottingham Forest).

Fri 29 Jun 2007

QPR have agreed terms with versatile defender John Curtis.
The 28 year-old, who was released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season, passed a medical and agreed a two year deal at Harlington this evening.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Curtis, who began his career at Manchester United, expressed his delight at the move: "I'm delighted to be here.
"The move only really materialised in the last 48 hours or so. DC (Danny Cullip) gave the gaffer my number and it's taken off since then really.
"We had a very positive meeting on Thursday and I was very impressed by what John had to say. He's clearly determined to move the Club forward and I'm delighted to be part of it.
"Hopefully, I can nail down a regular spot in the side. I've been promoted from this division before and also lost out in a couple of play-off finals, so I can't wait to get started.''
A former England Under-21 international defender, Curtis - who is capable of playing in a number of positions - lists Premiership duo Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth amongst his former Clubs.
Manager John Gregory spoke in glowing terms of the R's new signing, commenting: "I'm delighted to have someone of his experience and ability joining us.
"I've done my homework on him. He's a fantastic lad, a great professional and I'm sure he'll be an instant favourite with our supporters.
"He's a very versatile player and will give us great options in a variety of positions.''
Curtis will wear the vacant number 21 shirt. QPR

See Curtis Career - Soccerbase

See Wikipedia re John Curtis

Posted on: Fri 29 Jun 2007

John Curtis began his career under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

He went on to make 19 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, before spending a season on loan at Barnsley.

His performances for the Tykes didn't go unnoticed though and in the summer of 2000, Blackburn Rovers boss Graeme Souness swooped to secure his services in a £150,000 transfer.

Curtis was an ever-present during his first campaign at Ewood Park, as Blackburn were promoted to the Premiership.

England Under-21 caps followed in due course, only for injury to limit his participation in season 2001/02 to just ten top-flight appearances.

He failed to regain his regular starting place, and spent the second half of the 2002/03 campaign on loan at Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United.

At the end of the season he was released by Blackburn and was immediately snapped up by Leicester City on a free transfer.

However, Curtis' spell with the Foxes was unsuccessful, and after making just 17 appearances, he was transferred to Portsmouth in February 2004.

After failing to win a regular starting place in the Pompey side, Curtis was loaned out to Preston North End at the start of the 2004/05 campaign.

In January 2005, Curtis was transferred on a free to Nottingham Forest, for whom he made 90 appearances in all competitions.

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