Queens Park Rangers have confirmed a deal to bring Jimmy Dunne to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
According to a statement posted on the club website, the Burnley centre-back has joined Mark Warburton’s side on a three-year deal with the option of a fourth, with QPR paying the Premier League side an undisclosed fee for the 23-year-old.
The statement goes on to claim that, following five years at Turf Moor, the defender is now looking forward to a fresh challenge in the Championship with the Rs.
The 58-year-old QPR manager also appeared delighted by his club’s latest signing, stating: “Jimmy is a very talented player. He can play anywhere across the back three – left, right or centre – and that gives us great flexibility.
“Once again, he has great physicality, he looks after the ball well and plays with a real passion and energy. If he trains well he will get his chance in the side and that is what he is here to do.”
With Dunne already being QPR’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window, Warburton is not messing about in putting together as strong as possible of a side ahead of the club’s upcoming Championship campaign.
And, despite having featured sparingly for Burnley since joining from Manchester United back in 2016, making a total of just seven appearances in all competitions for Sean Dyche’s side, the £540k-rated man has nevertheless shown that he possesses a considerable amount of talent.
Indeed, having been sent on loan to Fleetwood Town back in 2019/20, the young defender went on to make nine League One appearances for Simon Grayson’s side, over which he helped his team keep two clean sheets, as well as making an average of 0.8 interceptions, 1.4 tackles, 4.9 clearances and winning a whopping 6.2 duels per game.
These returns saw the man Craig Levein dubbed “low maintenance” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.80, ranking him as Fleetwood’s joint 11th-best performer in the third tier of English football.
Furthermore, while it is indeed true that the Republic of Ireland U21 international has not featured all that much for Burnley, he did still make three Premier League appearances for the club last season, making an average of two interceptions, one tackle, 5.3 clearances and winning an astonishing 10 duels in each league fixture.
These metrics saw the £3.1k-per-week man earn a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.10, enough to rank him as Sean Dyche’s best performer in the top flight last term – albeit with a limited sample size of fixtures.
As such, exactly why Dyche has let Dunne leave for QPR this summer appears something of a mystery.
However, with regular game time and a manager who trusts his ability, Warburton could well have just sealed the signing of a player with a tremendous future in the game, a prospect that should leave fans of the club buzzing.