Damien Delaney (born July 20, 1981 in Cork) is an Irish professional footballer, currently playing for Queens Park Rangers.
Delaney attended Coláiste Chríost Rí and began his footballing career at local club Cork City.
He was brought to England by Peter Taylor at Leicester City, where he made eight Premiership appearances.
Taylor later made Delaney his first signing for Hull City, on October 17, 2002, for a fee of £50,000.
After a rocky start to his career at Hull, during which time he was tried in midfield and at left-back, Delaney was played regularly at centre-back and began to grow in stature and consistency. He was voted Player Of The Year in the 2003-04 promotion-winning season, additionally his strike against Rochdale was voted Goal Of The Season.
In the 2005-06 season in the Championship, he played mainly at centre-back, but also at left-back when two players in that position were injured, and in midfield when the manager felt that more height and solidity were required. This versatility made him a key asset to the Tigers squad.
Delaney was the last Hull City player to score a goal at their old ground Boothferry Park, prior to their move to the Kingston Communications Stadium.
On January 17, 2008 Delaney signed a three-and-a-half-year deal for Queens Park Rangers F.C. On March 8, 2008 Delaney scored his first goal for QPR in a 2-1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
On May 13, 2008, he was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time by new manager Giovanni Trappatoni.