Defender Ryan Nelsen to leave QPR after Man City fixture

Ryan Nelsen

Ryan Nelsen will play his last match for QPR against Manchester City on 29 January before taking over as full-time coach of Major League Soccer club Toronto FC from 1 February.

The 35-year-old New Zealand defender has been a key player for Rangers this season, making 23 appearances in all competitions since joining in June.

His deal was set to end in the summer.

"We had a talk and we needed to give QPR as much time as possible to bring in a replacement," Nelsen said.external-link

"If they knew I was leaving earlier, it would have been harder in the transfer window."

The new MLS season begins in March.

His departure leaves QPR light on numbers in defence, which is a concern for manager Harry Redknapp.

"In the long term we need a centre-half," he said last weekend.

"But I am looking to improve the quality and strengthen other areas too."