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Goalkeeper Alex Smithies joins QPR

QPR have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

The 25 year-old has signed a three-year deal at Loftus Road, after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with Huddersfield Town for the keeper’s services.

Head Coach, Chris Ramsey, expressed his delight at welcoming the experienced keeper to the club, commenting: “Alex is a decent addition to the group for us. He’s played at this level and knows what it takes to compete in the Championship.

“He’s approaching 250 league starts, so we’re delighted to add him to the squad.”

Smithies, who made 45 starts in all competitions for the Terriers last season, is excited about his move to Loftus Road, commenting: “This was a big decision but the timing was right for my career.

“QPR is the ideal opportunity for me. I have worked hard and now is the time for a new challenge. Being at a club that was recently in the Premier League, there is going to be a lot of expectation to push on and improve, and I think I will thrive off that.

“QPR want to bring in young players who are hungry for the game and want to do well for the club, and I certainly fit that bill.”

QPR’s Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, said: “We’re really pleased Alex has agreed to join us.

“He’s a proven Championship performer and the goalkeeping coach at the club, whose opinion I value highly, rates him as a very capable keeper.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.”

Smithies will be eligible to feature for the R’s in Saturday’s Championship fixture against Rotherham United.

This was a big decision but the timing was right for my career.

Alex Smithies