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Friday, June 29, 2007

Ex-QPR Update: Cureton Joins Norwich...Venables' First QPR Signing Turns 55

BBC - Cureton completes Norwich switch

Cureton began his career at Norwich, before leaving in 1996
Norwich have signed Colchester striker Jamie Cureton for an undisclosed fee.
Cureton, the leading scorer in the Championship last season, requested a move earlier this month, and the U's made it clear they do not want to sell.

The 31-year-old began his career at Norwich, making 29 league appearances before spells with Bristol Rovers, Reading, QPR, Swindon and Colchester.
Cureton only moved to Layer Road on a permanent basis last summer, after a successful loan spell.
He scored 23 goals in 44 league appearances, but cited a perceived lack of ambition when he handed in his transfer request.
Cureton told Norwich's website: "I scored a lot of goals at youth and reserve level here and managed to get a few goals for the first team.
"I will be 32 in August but I still have plenty in the locker. I'm probably playing the best I have ever played and I'm raring to go."
Hull chairman Paul Duffen recently revealed that Cureton was a target for Tigers boss Phil Brown. BBC

Barry Silkman Turns 55
Barry Silkman, who Venables made his first signing for about 20,000 pounds when he first took over QPR in 1980.

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And not exactly an "ex-QPR" but (as noted on the QPR messageboards) best wishes for Tommy Doherty, hospitalized in the Bahamas with appendicitis.

Bucks Free Press - Tommy Doherty
WANDERERS' bid to sign last year's Player of the Year Tommy Doherty could be derailed because he is stuck in a foreign hospital.

The QPR midfielder, who spent much of last season on loan at Wycombe, is stuck in the Bahamas after having an emergency operation to remove his appendix.

A spokesman for his agents Clarke Willmott said: "He is still in hospital. He is due to fly back on Saturday but he might not be allowed. We don't know when he will return. He might not be allowed to fly for a while because of the risk of deep vein thrombosis."
When he returns it is thought he will then need six to eight weeks to rehabilitate before he can start pre-season training - ruling him out of the big kick off.
Wanderers' league season starts on August 11 and before then manager Paul Lambert will want to test his squad in pre-season action.
Lambert is keen to land the former Northern Ireland ace on a full-time basis but has struggled to thrash out a deal with Rangers.
Rangers are happy to let him go but Loftus Road chairman Gianni Paladini told the Daily Mirror earlier this season that he wants £100,000 for his want-away out-of-favour player. Press

BBC Nikki Bull
Bull undecided over Shots future
Aldershot goalkeeper Nikki Bull has confirmed talks about his future are still going on.
The England semi-professional international has been at the Rec for five years after joining from QPR.

He told BBC SCR: "There's still a possibility of me moving on. Part of me does need a new challenge and a change.

"But the arrival of my former boss at QPR Gary Waddock as manager here has maybe changed things. I'll make a decision in the next fortnight of so." BBC

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