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Report: Ex-Preston ace Andrew Lonergan set to join Queens Park Rangers

According to The Sun, Queens Park Rangers are set to snap up former Preston stopper Andy Lonergan on a free transfer.

It’s claimed that the R’s are in the market for a new backup goalkeeper having seen Joe Lumley move on to Middlesbrough.

Seny Dieng is the clear first-choice, and Mark Warburton wants experienced cover ahead of next season, with Lonergan set to join.

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Lonergan has been bouncing around clubs in recent years, mostly serving as a backup goalkeeper rather than playing regularly.

This season, he has been with Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion having been at Liverpool last term.

The 37-year-old is one of the top players to emerge from North End’s youth ranks, with the Preston-born ace carving out a long-lasting career.

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QPR will now be Lonergan’s 10th club in 10 years since leaving Preston for Leeds United in 2011, but more than half of his career appearances came with North End.

Some wanted him back last summer as cover for Declan Rudd, but that ship has almost certainly sailed now.

By joining QPR, Lonergan will return to West London having previously been with Fulham, and could be in line to face Preston twice next season.

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