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PAUL
SMYTH
(Forward)
Born: 10 September 1997
Where: Belfast
Joined Wycombe: July 2019 - Loan from Queens Park Rangers
Wycombe debut: Wycombe 2 Bolton 0 - 3 Aug 2019 - League One
First Wycombe goal: Wycombe 2 Bolton 0 - 3 Aug 2019 - League One
Contracted until end of 2019/20 season - season long loan from QPR.
Career summary at Wycombe.
No appearances prior to 2019/20
Career Details - (*) indicates loan spell
Date Club League
Apps
League
goals
Cup
Apps
Cup
Goals
Sep15-Jul17 Linfield 22(0) 14 2 0
Jul17- QPR 8(8) 2 1(2) 0
Jan19-May19 Accrington Stanley(*) 11(4) 3 0(1) 0
2019/2020 Wycombe Wanderers (*) - - - -
Background:
Wanderers announced on 19th July 2019 the signing of 21-year-old Queens Park Rangers and Northern Ireland international forward, Paul Smyth, on a season long loan.

The Belfast born player joined QPR from Linfield in July 2017 and went on to make his First Team debut for the 'Championship' club on 1st January 2018 - scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 League success over Cardiff City at Loftus Road. He went on to make 13 more appearances for QPR before the end of the 2017/18 campaign, adding a further goal and winning the Supporters Young Player of Season award. In March 2018 he made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in a friendly against South Korea and again celebrated a debut with a late winner in a 2-1 victory at Windsor Park, shortly after coming on as a substitute.

However, despite his promise for QPR and his home country, he Was given limited chances in 2018/19 under new R's boss Steve McClaren and was loaned to 'League One' Accrington Stanley in January 2019 - going on to maker 16 appearances and scoring three times (including one against Wycombe in Stanley's 3-1 victory at Adams Park in March 2019), before the end of the campaign.

His move to Wycombe at the start of the 2019/20 season will be his chance to continue his development and get more games under his belt. with Smyth saying: The manager said that hes going to try and help me get minutes and help me develop as a player and thats one of the reasons why I came to the club. I have enjoyed my first day today and hopefully Ill have many more. Meanwhile, Wycombe Manager Gareth Ainsworth added: Paul is a really clever player who I liked from the first game I saw him play for QPR, and Im delighted that hes become available for us to bring in to the club here. Hes quick, he can make things happen and hes got a good eye for goal, so I know hell be a really exciting addition to our frontline and our fans will love watching him play. Our excellent relationship with QPR is no secret and Id like to thank Mark Warburton and everyone else whos helped to make this happen. We have a proud history of bringing in young talent on loan, nurturing them on and off the pitch, and helping to develop their careers, and I hope Paul is another success story over the next 10 months."

He was allocated No. 17 in the Wanderers squad and celebrated another debut with the opening goal in the home game with Bolton Wanderers on the first day of the Football League season.

References and further reading:
Wikipedia
Soccerbase
Smyth signs - Wycombe Wanderers official website - 19 July 2019
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