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Smyth will flourish at QPR: Mitchell



On the move: Paul Smyth

On the move: Paul Smyth


On the move: Paul Smyth

Linfield midfielder Andrew Mitchell admitted that forward Paul Smyth has said his goodbyes to his Blues team-mates ahead of his impending move to QPR.

Smyth (19) has long been the subject of rumours linking him with the London club, and it is believed that the deal is set to be announced for an Irish League record of £150,000.

The talented youngster was given a standing ovation after Linfield's 1-0 win over Ballymena United at Windsor Park on Saturday, and then told his team-mates that he would be leaving the club.

And Mitchell, despite having only played a handful of games with him since joining from Crusaders in the summer, believes the forward can have a big impact in England.

"Smythie said his goodbyes to the boys after the match," Mitchell revealed.

"We'll miss him. He brings bags of energy to the team. I've obviously only played with him since the start of the season, but he is an amazing talent.

"I believe he can make a real impact in England. People may say he's small and light, but he's in good shape.

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"The best of luck to him. It's good to see boys over here getting the chance to go into the full time game... Paul deserves it."

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