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Monday 21 January 2013

In brief: Shaun Derry signs new QPR deal

Midfielder commits future to club until 2014 while backroom staff are appointed at Southampton

  • Shaun Derry has been with Queens Park Rangers since 2010

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry has praised the club's fans after signing a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Loftus Road until 2014.

The 35-year-old, who joined QPR in the summer of 2010, is back in the first-team squad under manager Harry Redknapp after finding opportunities limited at the start of the campaign.

"The fans played a major role in this decision," Derry told the club's official website. “When you're not in the side or even in the squad and you're questioning whether or not you should move on, it always stuck in my mind the many happy memories I've had here.

"I'm enjoying my football more than ever"
Shaun Derry

"Now I'm back in the side and I'm appreciated by the fans as much as I have been since I arrived here and that means so much - it feels like home here.

"I've come to the club at the latter stages of my career but without question, I've enjoyed the happiest time of my career at QPR."

Derry was brought to Loftus Road from Crystal Palace by Neil Warnock and has gone on to make 91 appearances in all competitions.

"I'm just so delighted to commit myself to the club for another year," he added. "I'm enjoying my football more than ever."

Pochettino calls on trusted trio

Mauricio Pochettino has brought in three new coaches to support him as his spell in charge of Southampton gets under way.

Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jimenez are well known to the new Saints manager, having previously worked with him at Spanish Liga club Espanyol.

Saints' new members of staff will be assisted by Fran Alonso, who took up his position as first team Technical Support Coach last autumn. Andy Crosby, Dean Wilkins and Jim Stannard, who served under Pochettino's predecessor Nigel Adkins, have been relieved of their coaching duties.

Southampton host Everton in Pochettino's first match in charge on Monday evening.

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Key Points

  • Shaun Derry signs one-year contract extension at QPR
  • Midfielder commits to club until 2014
  • New Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino appoints backroom staff