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Paul Smyth named QPR Young Player of the Year in debut season

By Gareth Hanna

Former Linfield star Paul Smyth has been named QPR's Young Player of the Year in his first campaign at Loftus Road.

It's been a stunning 12 months for the 20-year-old, earning his move into professional football and so far bagging two Championship goals, making seven league starts for QPR.

The award makes it two titles in a row for Smyth, as he bagged Linfield's Young Player of the Year award last season.

The Crumlin man also made his senior debut for Northern Ireland, scoring the winner over Korea Republic at Windsor Park back in March.

Scoring on his debut had become a habit by then after Smyth also netted on his first appearance for QPR, getting the winner against Cardiff City on New Year's Day.

QPR are currently 16th in the Championship, comfortably safe from relegation with two games left to play.  Massimo Luongo won the club's Player of the Year award.

After joining the club last summer, he told "It's a dream come true - it doesn't get much better than this.

"I've always had a soft spot for QPR - back in the Austin and Zamora days especially. They're two strikers I admire greatly."

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