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'It's a dream come true' - Paul Smyth hails QPR move after deal

Northern Ireland's Under-21 Paul Smyth has completed a deal to join Queens Park Rangers.

The 19-year-old striker has joined the Loftus Road team on a two-year contract after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with Linfield for his services.

Passing the medical, Smyth put pen to paper on Bank Holiday Monday ahead of the deal being completed on Tuesday.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk, Smyth said: "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."

Smyth said he is ready to work hard and hopefully do enough to impress QPR's manager, Ian Holloway.

He added: "I've always set myself high expectations and that won't ever change."

QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand believes the 19-year-old has the potential to progress within the team.

He said: "We're really pleased to bring him to Rangers, because there was a lot of interest in him from a number of clubs.

"He'll initially be with our Elite Development Squad group. But we feel that he's capable of pushing for a place in and around the first team."

Ferdinand added: "Ian (Holloway) has shown already this season that he's willing to give youngsters a chance, which is what Paul should be striving for."

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