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Page last updated at 15:44 GMT, Monday, 7 June 2010 16:44 UK

QPR sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny

Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny
Kenny joined the Blades in 2002

QPR have signed Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny for £750,000 on a three-year deal.

The London club's offer for the 32-year-old triggered a release clause in his contract.

Kenny played just twice for the Blades in 2009/10 after a nine-month ban for failing a drugs test.

Blades chief executive Trevor Birch told the club website: "We are frustrated. Paddy was offered a three-year enhanced deal [to stay here]."

He added: "He has chosen to reject [that offer].

"Paddy has now had discussions with QPR and agreed terms. As a result, we have been left with no alternative but to let him go."

606: DEBATE

The move reunites the Republic of Ireland international with QPR manager Neil Warnock, who signed him for the Blades from Bury in 2002.

Warnock told QPR's official website: "Paddy has made mistakes in his life but he's a straightforward guy and I think this is the right time for him to leave Sheffield and focus on the next chapter of his career.

"I rate him very, very highly."

Kenny added: "The chance to work with Neil again was too good an opportunity to turn down."

Kenny played 278 times for United in his eight years at Bramall Lane.



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