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Paul Smyth set for League One loan deal after penning new QPR contract

 

Paul Smyth
Paul Smyth

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland international Paul Smyth looks set to join League One side Charlton on loan from parent club QPR.

Several clubs have made enquiries about the former Linfield hero and the Addicks are hoping to strike a deal with Queens Park Rangers before the deadline.

Smyth recently signed a new one-year deal at Loftus Road, where he is now under contract until 2021, but he will be allowed a loan move to enhance his development.

Charlton are fighting for promotion to the Championship, currently fifth in the table and just four points off the top.

The 21-year-old has been overlooked by boss Steve McClaren this season and before his appearance as a substitute during Saturday's 4-1 loss to Preston, he had not featured in the league since the former England boss took him off at half-time against Sheffield United in August.

Smyth is now unlikely to play in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Portsmouth.

Despite his recent frustration in terms of playing time, Smyth had hailed managaer McClaren after penning his recent new contract at Loftus Road.

“I have developed so much since I have been here, and particularly since Steve McClaren came in," Smyth said. "He has spoken to me and told me what I need to do and what he wants from me. He has helped me so much.

“My aim now is to carry on developing and then when I get my chance in the first team, make sure I take it.”

McClaren also had hinted that plans were being put in place to kick-start Smyth's senior career in England.

“For him to progress, he needs to play games. That’s something we are all very wary of," said the former England boss.

“Paul is an exciting talent who is developing all the time so we are delighted to see him extend his stay with us.

“He has got a great work ethic and is eager to learn and improve. Like a lot of the players on the fringe of the first team, he hasn’t had much gametime because the ones with the shirts have been doing so well this season.

“That’s been hard for him but I can’t fault his attitude."

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