Ramage closing on QPR deal
Queens Park Rangers defender Peter Ramage is hoping to sort his future out in the next few weeks.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 27/05/11 3:13pm
Queens Park Rangers defender Peter Ramage is hoping to sort his future out in the next few weeks after positive initial talks with the club.
The former Newcastle defender was sidelined for most of the season after suffering a cruciate injury in September.
However, the 27-year-old has made a complete recovery and is eager to stay at Loftus Road after his current contract expires this summer.
Ramage has revealed he will use the summer break to ensure that he is ready for the rigours of Premier League football next season.
"Since the season has finished we've not really had the chance to sit down and talk about a new contract, but hopefully in the next week or so we will get round to it," Ramage told skysports.com.
"They've verbally offered me something and the gaffer has told me that he'd like to keep me on, but obviously the gaffer has a lot of work on in the summer to strengthen the squad for the Premier League.
"Definitely good vibes so far though, with my agent talking to Gianni Paladini the other day and he expressed a desire to offer me a one-year contract too, so hopefully we can sit down and thrash something out in the next few weeks.
"It was a great rehab process and I feel a lot stronger now than I ever did before picking up the injuries because the time on the sidelines has given me the chance to work on other parts of my body that perhaps weren't as strong before.
"I've had a few weeks off this summer, but one of my mates is a fitness instructor and he is putting me through my paces so that I'm raring to go when pre-season training begins."
Norwich and either Swansea or Reading will join QPR in the top flight next season, but Ramage insists that Monday's Championship play-off final is a tough one to call.
He added: "I really can't call it to be honest, with both teams having great seasons so far, so it could come down to a toss of a coin.
"Both clubs are worthy of joining us in the Premier League, but I've got a bit of a soft spot for Reading with Mikele Leigertwood being there.
"I spoke to him the other day and it would be great to see them go up, but at the same time Swansea have arguably been the most exciting team to watch this season.
"I expect it to be a great spectacle, but a very close one at the same time."