Nedum Onuoha joins QPR
- Thu 26 Jan 2012, 11:03AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Long-serving defender Nedum Onuoha has followed in former team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips' footsteps and joined Queens Park Rangers.
The lifelong City fan severs his links with the club after 15 years to team up again with former Blues boss Mark Hughes in the survival battle at Loftus Road. He has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with The Hoops.
A Blues ball-boy while growing up in east Manchester, he was a Platt Lane regular at ten, working his way up through the Academy to feature regularly for the reserves in the 2003/04 season.
Onuoha made his debut at 17 against Arsenal in the Carling Cup in October 2004. He took his Premier League bow as a substitute against Norwich a month later and signed his first contract.
There were 18 appearances in his debut season, and despite injuries during 2008/09 he struck up a partnership with Richard Dunne at the heart of defence and signed a new deal.
Nedum, who made his England Under-21 debut in October 2005, went on to figure in both the 2007 and 2009 European Under-21 Championship campaigns.
But he has found his City chances increasingly limited. He started only seven games during 2009/10 season, including a man-of-the-match scoring performance against Birmingham.
Onuoha spent last season on loan at Sunderland, where his 31 appearances were crowned by a memorable solo goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
He made his final appearance for City as a substitute in the 1-0 win at Wigan.
Nedum joins QPR with very best wishes for the future from everybody at the Club.