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Friday 18 Jan 2019
New deal keeps winger at Loftus Road until summer of 2021

Paul Smyth has signed a one-year extension to his contract with Queens Park Rangers that will keep him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2021.

The former Linfield man joined the Championship side in August 2017 and scored on his debut for the R's when he came off the bench to net the winner against Cardiff City on New Year’s Day 2018. 

Speaking to the official club site Smyth said: “I am absolutely delighted to sign a new deal.

“It means I can concentrate now on my football and doing all I can to break into the first team in that time. 

“I have developed so much since I have been here, and particularly since Steve McClaren came in. 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.”

The 21-year-old, who scored on his full international debut against South Korea, also earned praise from QPR manager Steve McClaren. 

He said: “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 a great work ethic and is eager to improve.

“Like a lot of the players on the fringe of the first team, he hasn’t had much game time because the ones with the shirts have been doing so well this season.

“That’s hard for him but I can’t fault his attitude,” added the former England boss, “for him to progress he needs to play games. That’s something we are all very aware of.”