QPR sign 'keeper Murphy

QPR have signed former Ipswich goalkeeper Brian Murphy on a two-year deal following a successful spell at the club during pre-season training, it was confirmed today. Murphy's arrival means Rangers, who have Paddy Kenny and Radek Cerny already on the club's books, now have three goalkeepers.

QPR manager Neil Warnock said the 28-year-old Irishman would be a valuable addition to the squad as the London club return to the Premier League after a 15-year absence. "I am delighted," Warnock told the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk. "You need three senior keepers for the Premier League and we've got that now.

"Brian has had a super couple of weeks with us and was instrumental in us winning the Cup Trofeo in Italy. "He is a very capable understudy to Paddy, so him and Radek will offer great competition for the coming season.

"It was great to be able to have a good look at him before he signed. He fitted in so well with the rest of the squad during pre-season, and I could tell within two days that he was the one for us." As well as Ipswich, Murphy has had previous spells at Manchester City, Oldham, Peterborough, Swansea and Bohemians.