Marc Pugh: QPR release midfielder because of 'economic situation'

Marc Pugh celebrates his goal in the 2-2 draw with Birmingham in February

QPR midfielder Marc Pugh has left the club after the London side said they could not afford to offer him a new deal in the current economic climate.

The 33-year-old needed to play just one more game to trigger an automatic 12-month extension.

He had scored twice in 31 appearances in all competitions for the Rs.

“The changing economic situation has had a huge impact and tough decisions such as this are required,” said director of football Les Ferdinand.

Clubs have not played matches since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is not known when supporters will be able to return to grounds to watch matches.

“Marc is a fantastic professional and he deserves to be treated with absolute respect,” manager Mark Warburton told the club website.