Galway United manager Tommy Dunne admits the Tribesmen will find it difficult to replace talented teenager Ryan Manning.
The Republic of Ireland under 19 international joined Queens Park Rangers in January and Manning has already featured in a first team friendly fixture, while also making two appearances for Steve Gallen’s Elite Development squad.
With the SSE Airtricity League commencing on Friday Dunne accepts that newly promoted Galway, who host Derry City at Eamonn Deacy Park, will miss Manning.
“It will be hard to replace Ryan Manning simply because not many youngsters like him come around,” Dunne told The Irish Post. “Over the course of the season you're certainly going to miss a player like Ryan, who is versatile and has such ability. He is a talent.
"It is a loss for the League in general, but we are happy too that Ryan is getting a chance in England. We wish him the best of luck with QPR, but we will miss him.”