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49 games for QPR: What’s Zesh Rehman up to these days?



A well-travelled defender in his time, Zesh Rehman played 49 times for QPR between 2006 and 2008.

A representative of the Pakistani national team, Rehman graduated through the Fulham youth academy in 2003.

He played 30 times for the club in five seasons which included loan-spells to both Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City before being released in 2006, and subsequently signing for Gary Waddock’s QPR ahead of the 2006/07 Championship campaign.

After two competent seasons with the Londoners he spent his third on-loan at Blackpool and then Bradford City, before joining the latter on a permanent basis in 2009.

A further two seasons with the Bantams followed for Rehman, who then swapped the heights of English Football for the emerging leagues in Asia – Rehman signed for Thai outfit Muangthong United in 2011 aged 28, where he was briefly managed by former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler.

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A season in Thailand was followed by three playing for Kitchee in Hong Kong’s First Division, before another three playing for Pahang FA in the Malaysian Super League.

He left Pahang in 2016 having won the treble in his first season and captaining Pahang to 2015 Asian Football Confederation Cup qualification, before making a shock move back to England with Gillingham in February 2017.

Rehman was only dealt a short-term contract by the Gills and was back in Asian football by the summer, signing for Hong Kong Premier League side Kwoon Chung Southern.

Today, Rehman remains with Southern and in his third season at the club, is as fit as he’s ever been at 36 – a memorable defender in his time, and one who looks set to go into the coaching game in Asia when he retires.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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