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Friday 25 Jan 2019
English Football League One side snap up Northern Ireland forward on loan

Northern Ireland international Paul Smyth has moved on loan from QPR to League One side Accrington Stanley until the end of this season. 

The 21-year-old winger is set to make his debut in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Derby County. 

Smyth recently signed a contract extension with QPR which will see him remain part of the panel at Loftus Road until 2021. 

He has played 19 times for the ‘Rs’ scoring a memorable goal on his debut. He has represented Northern Ireland on two occasions and scored on his first game for the international side, against the Korean Republic. 

Smyth told the Accrington website - “I have looked at how (they) have done over the last few seasons and obviously they have come up and are doing well in League One this season and hopefully I can add to the success.

“It’s a chance for me to express myself and hopefully impress people.

“I am a striker or wideman, I am fast, small and I like to get in behind players. I love scoring goals but I am happy with assists as well.

“I have scored in the Championship and played Derby before so I know what they are all about if I play a part tomorrow.”

Stanley manager John Coleman said: “We tried to sign Paul in the summer. He is a full international and I have watched him play for Northern Ireland and QPR.

“His agent is our former player Colin Murdock and he alerted us to Paul’s availability. He has a lot of pace which is something we need in our side.”