Posh chairman explains failed Smyth swoop

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Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed that the Posh tried to sign QPR's Paul Smyth in January.

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed that the Posh tried to sign QPR’s Paul Smyth in January.

Smyth at that time was out of the first-team picture under former R’s boss Steve McClaren.

But Rangers refused to let the Northern Ireland forward leave and sent him on loan to League One Accrington Stanley instead.

Answering questions from fans on Twitter, McAnthony revealed that Posh director of football Barry Fry went to watch Smyth in a reserve team game and wanted to snap him up.

The trail appears to have gone cold as QPR expect the 21-year-old forward to play a key role next season.

And the Northern Irishman is determined to make an impact at Loftus Road under new manager Mark Warburton.

‘This is a new start for me with a new person to impress,’ he told QPR’s official website.

‘Fingers crossed I can do that and hopefully get a place in his team.

If I can’t do that then I will work hard to get that spot.

‘I spoke to Jake Bidwell who said he is a very good coach and a very good manager so I am really looking forward to getting started under him.’

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