Speaking to the Portsmouth News, free agent midfielder Gary O’Neil has said that he almost rejoined former side Queens Park Rangers in the summer transfer window, before a deal failed to materialise late on.
Midfielder Gary O’Neil has been without a club since leaving Bolton Wanderers at the end of his deal with the club in the summer transfer window. And now, speaking to the Portsmouth News, the 36-year-old free agent has said he is keen to continue playing, adding that he feels he could play comfortably for a League One side.
O’Neil also revealed that he spent time with Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the summer transfer window, also saying that he almost returned to former club Queens Park Rangers in the summer transfer window. He said:
“I am still keen to play, but have been without a club for a while and sometimes clubs look at that and think you’ve lost that competitive edge or that little bit of sharpness. But I know once I am over the injury then I’ll be more than capable of playing at a decent level, as I showed last year.
“I had won Player of the Year at Bolton – but a return didn’t quite work out. There was a change of manager at the last minute, otherwise, I would have stayed. After Bolton, I thought I’d get a club which suited me and was close to getting a couple, which then fell through and it ended up dragging on longer than I expected.
“I’ve got a good CV and am as fit as a fiddle, I could comfortably play in midfield for a League One team, no problem. I don’t want to hang my boots up just yet, I want to stay professional and train somewhere to show people I am still fit enough.’
“I was at Aberdeen for a little bit and nearly signed for QPR early in the summer, which would have been a great one in the Championship and London. That looked like it was going to happen, then didn’t towards the end. I’ve turned other stuff down as well, it’s just the way things go.”