Date: 28th June 2018 at 2:59pm
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With confirmation yesterday that goalkeeper Alex Smithies had remained behind as the first-team squad flew out to Portugal with manager Steve McClaren and his coaching staff for our pre-season training camp, claims later in the day that he was, in fact, undergoing a medical with Cardiff City ahead of a proposed move – it was only going to be a matter of time before that deal was officially announced.

The statement from Queens Park Rangers came earlier this morning and Smithies has left Loftus Road for the Cardiff City Stadium, signing a new four-year deal with Neil Warnock’s side. The fee is said to be undisclosed although it’s believed to have been a paltry £3million.

With Smithies making over 100 appearances for the club following his arrival back in 2015, our former Player of the Year (2016/17) is going to be a loss for the club and whilst few could begrudge him moving on with Cardiff offering the chance for Premier League football, the biggest debate is why we seem to have accepted so little for him.

That’s the kicker for fans as if accurate, it’s a pathetic sum in the current market.


9 Replies to “‘Absolutely Gutted’ & ‘Shocking Business’ – Some QPR Fans React To Expected Departure”

  • Sale is fair enough, but who authorised this mockery of a sale? Should have expected this giveaway since lots of others have just been given away as freebies. What will they get for Washington then?

  • To accept £3m for him sounds to me that the club are up for sale and the owner wants to cash in quickly

    • £250K at this rate might be progress!

      Present a better wage bill, cut down on costs – it’s not a bad educated guess in many ways Paul. It would also drive down any sale price though I’d have thought?

  • oh my qpr you truly have lost the plot, get ferdinand out of the club before we become finished
    £3 million is shameful
    surely the best keeper in the championship is worth £10 million at the very least

    • If he wanted out and was driving it – bare minimum £5-7m for an easy life and quick resolution surely? Or has someone saw Rui Patricio moving for a free and really saw this as a good deal?

  • Dont begrudge Alex Moving
    3 Million for goodness sake less Hudersfields cut which no ones mentioning .
    Art the Club really that hard up Disgusted every time we get an Asset a cut price sell off . Charlie Austen the same The Clubs got very little morals when it comes to a Pound Note The Old Fox Warnock must be laughing his Head Off & why wouldnt he .
    Good Luck Alex & Thank you for your Services & loyalty .
    Shame about the Clubs to us Fans Perhaps the Bhatia Family will invest another £50 Million on another lump of Steel in the Olympic Park to compliment West Hams lovely Stadium Absolutely Disgusted us Ellerslie Loyal lot

  • So Cardiff pay 10 million for a defender in Bobby Reid and we get 3 million for the best keeper in the division hope there is a massive sell on clause
    Dont blame Alex for wanting to play in the premiership but come on Rangers 3 million is a joke
    Come on Matt Ingram step forward and prove your our number one and perhaps we will sell you next season for 500k
    Les Ferdinand you need your head tested

  • QPR management must think us all plonkers at the moment.
    Telling us QPR must sell their better players to buy young players to develop is The role of non league football clubs.
    This fair play issue needs to be spelt out so we all know what’s involved.It is used as an excuse for zero investment in QPR by the owners.
    Please let them sell up and give someone else a go.
    I’m afraid the boss is losing his prowess and struggling as a businessman home and abroad.
    QPR will lose a lot of support next year few wants to support a struggling team.
    No new stadium or training ground on the horizon, if the boss was the manager he would have been sacked a few years ago.
    I was a season ticket holder but couldn’t get to most of the games so reluctantly gave my ticket up to be honest l don’t think I will sign up again even when my business commitments allow.
    Give us some light at the end of the tunnel l don’t believe this fair play issue is as crippling to QPR as they would have us believe.

    • Are we expecting the fine to bite this season? I’ve totally lost track on what’s going on with FFP now.

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