Former Hearts centre-back Jimmy Dunne has hailed ‘really good’ loan spells as part of the reason why he has earned a move to English Championship club QPR.

The defender has signed for QPR after leaving Premier League Burnley. Dunne spent the first half of the 2018/19 season at Hearts, becoming a Tynecastle fans’ favourite before returning south of the border. Dunne has thanked his Hearts loan spell for part of his journey, but says a permanent home is best for him now.

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Dunne was great for Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He said: “I am really excited. It’s a massive step for me. With the push that the lads had during the second half of last season it would be nice to be part of something like that this season.

“The loan spells were really good for me but where I am at now I believe it is important to go on a journey with someone. I really want to come here and be part of the club. From the outside looking in, this looks like a really good environment to be part of.”

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