FORMER Colchester United goalkeeper Dillon Barnes is looking for a new club.

The 26-year-old will leave Queens Park Rangers this summer, following the expiry of his contract.

Barnes joined QPR from Colchester in July 2019, signing a two-year contract which was extended.

However, he did not make a first-team appearance for the Championship club, during his time in West London.

Barnes is one of six players to be released by Rangers at the end of this season, joining Charlie Austin, Dom Ball, David Marshall, Lee Wallace and Kieren Westwood in leaving Loftus Road.

QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “We would like to thank the departing players for their hard work and efforts during their time with the club.

“Charlie’s return to QPR, initially on loan, was the catalyst for an incredible turnaround in the club’s fortunes and we are incredibly grateful to him for his dedication and determination in helping us progress, both on and off the pitch.

“His leadership has been enormous for the development of the squad, while him being named the club’s Men’s Community Champion demonstrates how much importance he placed on his role with the fans and in the local area.

“Dom and Lee have also been excellent servants for QPR. Their commitment and desire are just two reasons why they leave as very popular players among the fanbase.

“David and Kieren came in during an unprecedented spate of injuries to our goalkeeping department, and they gave everything from the moment they arrived.

“While Dillon never played in the first team, we thank him for his efforts.

“We would like to wish Charlie, Dom, Dillon, David, Lee and Kieren all the very best for the future.”


Barnes joined Colchester in 2015, following a successful trial.

The former Barnet and Fulham keeper made 24 league appearances for the U's, 22 of which came in the 2018/19 season.

The goalkeeper spent the first half of last season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, where he made eight appearances.

He also had a loan spell at League One club Burton Albion last season, playing once for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side.

This season, Barnes had loan spells in the National League with Yeovil Town and Aldershot Town.

Barnes made his full international debut for Jamaica earlier this season, starting in a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.