Queens Park Rangers confirm ten released from Professional Development squad after departures of first-team duo

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QUEENS Park Rangers have confirmed the departures of ten players from their Professional Development squad. 

Goalkeeper Harry Cant, defenders Arkell Jude-Boyd, Trent Rendall and Deon Woodman, midfielder Samuel Sackey and forwards Hamzad Kargbo, Nathan Jeche, Micah Anthony, Joseph Ajose and Rafferty Pedder will officially leave when their contracts end on June 30.

QPR finished third in the South section of the Professional Development League. 

CEO Christian Nourry said on the club’s website: “Actions of this nature are tough, especially when you have a number of players who have been with the club for a considerable period of time.

“However, it is important such decisions are made, not only for the club but also to give the departing players the best chance of fulfilling their careers elsewhere.

“On behalf of QPR, I would like to sincerely thank them all for their efforts whilst with us and we wish them every success for the future.”

Senior preparations for next season are well under way, with 25-year-old midfielder Andre Dozzell leaving after three seasons. 

Aaron Drewe, 23, is also departing after fifteen years with the club. 

Full-back Drewe made thirteen appearances for the club, including four last season. 

“There are a lot of emotions right now,” Drewe said. “When you have been at the same club basically your entire life, you grow attachments and relationships with people and the club, and it becomes part of you.

“But I also do feel it’s the right time for my career to move on.

“Arriving as an eight-year-old and being able to say I’m leaving as a mature adult and player is something I am very proud of and thankful to QPR for.

“The club has allowed me to work under some unbelievable coaches and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be the player I am today.

“QPR has provided me with moments I’ll never forget – making my professional debut at Loftus Road in front of my family, being the only team to beat Burnley away all season and staying up, and so many more.

“It has been a joy to be a part of.”

Drewe added: “I’ve always said this but the fans at QPR are like no other.” 

Meanwhile, forward Alfie Lloyd, 20, has signed a new deal at Loftus Road. 


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