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Friday 25 Jun 2021
Paul Smyth on the move

Northern Ireland international Paul Smyth has made the switch to Leyton Orient.

The frontman, 23, who was part of Northern Ireland’s squad for the recent friendlies against Malta and Ukraine, joins the London club on a two-year deal after his contract with Queens Park Rangers expired.

“We want to get promoted,” Smyth told the club's website. “This is a big club. The way the manager wants to play is something I want to be a part of. Promotion is always your ambition when you join a team and I hope we can do that this year.”

Kenny Jackett, Smyth’s new boss at the League Two outfit, commented: “I think he is a very good signing. At 23 there is potential for him to do very well for our club. I’m delighted he has decided to sign for us.

“His main asset, I think, is pace – I like him up front and I like him as a forward. He can score goals and I believe his pace and mobility will give defenders a lot of problems.”

Smyth signed for QPR from Linfield in the summer of 2017. He has had spells on loan at a number of EFL clubs, including Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic.