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Alex Smithies arrives at Loftus Road from Huddersfield Town, where he was the Terriers longest-serving player, having been a mainstay of the first team for seven seasons.
The former academy shot-stopper was initially added to the first team squad ahead of the visit of Luton Town in late September 2007 and quickly made the place as understudy to Matt Glennon his own towards the end of the season.
Caretaker boss Gerry Murphy introduced Smithies to the first team following the dismissal of manager Stan Ternent in November 2008 and he has not looked back since.
He was ever-present throughout the 2009/10 season, keeping 16 clean sheets and earning the Football League's 'Young Player of the Month' award in February 2010 along the way.
Unfortunately his 2010/11 campaign was interrupted by injury, restricting him to just 27 appearances.
He failed to shake off his injury issues until late into the 2012/13 season, but he finished on a massive high. An injury to Ian Bennett meant he played in the Play-Off Final win over Sheffield United at Wembley – and he netted the winning penalty in the dramatic sudden-death shoot-out to send his home-town club into the Championship!
Smithies used that momentum to enjoy an excellent 2013/14 debut season in the Championship, starting 50 games and winning the 'Player's Player of the Year' award at the 2014 Annual Awards.
His fine form between the sticks continued in 2014/15 making 45 starts in all competitions, as the Terriers finished 16th in the second tier.
He joined the R’s in the summer of 2015 and went on to feature 20 times in his debut season.