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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gareth AInsworth Departs QPR

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Posted on: Sat 30 Jan 2010
R's legend Gareth Ainsworth has left the Club after an outstanding playing career at Loftus Road.
- The popular 36 year-old touched the hearts of so many during his seven and a half years in W12.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Ainsworth said: "It's without doubt the most emotional day of my career.
- "I feel so much a part of this Club, so this is a very sad day.
- "The reason I am leaving is to prolong my playing career and it is with a heavy heart that I have had to make this decision.
- "I want to thank every fan of the Club for making my spell here so fantastic and unforgettable.

- "QPR will always have a special place in my heart."
- Ainsworth initially joined Rangers after being released by Cardiff City in June 2003.
- The bustling midfielder's contribution to the Rangers cause has been without question ever since, providing leadership and guile, as well as priceless assists and match-winning goals.
- An undoubted highlight during his early days at the Club arrived during a memorable afternoon in August 2003, when Ainsworth scored two sensational goals in a 3-3 draw at Rushden & Diamonds. In typical Gaz style, he celebrated with a flash of the rock 'n' roll devil horns.
- Promotion at Hillsborough capped a sweet maiden season for the ever-popular winger and his popularity amongst R's fans increased ever more as the years elapsed, scoring 11 goals in the 2005/06 campaign and finishing runner-up in the end of season Player of the Year awards.
- Despite two serious injuries during the 2006/07 campaign, Ainsworth returned stronger than ever, making 25 appearances in all competitions a year later.
- After a brief stint assisting former Manager Luigi De Canio, the experienced midfielder was handed a player / coach role by former boss Iain Dowie in the summer of 2008.
- Ainsworth went on to enjoy two stints at Caretaker boss, as well as working under former Manager Paulo Sousa.
- A loan spell at Wycombe earlier this season saw a brief upsurge in fortunes for the Adams Park outfit, with Ainsworth's Rangers appearances limited to just two in his final campaign at the Club.
- In total, Ainsworth made 152 appearances in all competitions for the Super Hoops, scoring 21 goals.
- On behalf of everyone connected to Queens Park Rangers Football Club, we would like to thank him once again for his outstanding service and commitment and wish him all the best for the future.
- *www.qpr.co.uk and QPR Player will be looking back at Gareth's career in W12 over the coming weeks - so stay tuned! QPR

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