June 13, 2024

QPR interested in re-signing Smyth

The Northern Ireland international forward, 25, left Loftus Road two years ago and signed for Leyton Orient, where his contract is about to expire.

He played a starring role in Orient’s promotion from League Two last season and a number of clubs are keen to snap him up this summer.

Smyth played under Rangers head coach Gareth Ainsworth while on loan at Wycombe during the 2019-2020 season.

He moved to west London from Linfield in the summer of 2017 and scored on his QPR debut the following New Year’s Day against Cardiff.

He showed promise during his early appearances for the R’s, but successive managers were unconvinced by him and he was unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at the club.

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But Ainsworth rates him highly and Smyth could now get another chance in the Championship.

Another former QPR player, Josh Scowen, is also highly regarded by Ainsworth, having had two spells under him at Wycombe.

However, Scowen, 30, signed a new one-year contract with the Chairboys in April.

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Max Sanders joins the ranks of Leyton Orient

In a start to their summer transfer season, Leyton Orient has secured the signing of midfielder Max Sanders from Lincoln City.

The 24-year-old player, who recently completed his contract with Lincoln, has agreed to a two-year deal with the O’s, taking him through to the end of the 2024/25 season.

Sanders brings considerable experience to Leyton Orient, having held a pivotal role in Lincoln City’s midfield over the course of seventy-two appearances in two and a half seasons.

Prior to that, the player made his name in Brighton and Hove Albion’s academy, where he rose through the ranks and even captained the under-23 side.

anders also had a successful loan spell with AFC Wimbledon during the 2019/20 season and represented England at the European U19 Championship in 2018.

Expressing his enthusiasm for joining Leyton Orient, Sanders said, “With the promotion last season, everyone is still buzzing. I’ve seen the stadium and spoke to the Gaffer a lot, so I’m really excited and I think that it will be a great move for me.”

Sanders joins Lincoln City

He also acknowledged the challenging journey ahead in League One but expressed his confidence in performing well, saying, “I’ve played the majority of my career in League One and I think that I’ve done well, so I can’t wait to get going.”

The club’s Head Coach, Richie Wellens, gave a warm welcome to Sanders, praising his technical skills and footballing acumen. He also reassured fans about the club’s ongoing recruitment efforts, explaining, “We have wanted to wait and be patient in making sure we get the right players in.”

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