Queens Park Rangers continue to have high hopes about young Northern Ireland forward Paul Smyth and plenty of fans feel the same way, but Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed that they tried to sign him in the January window but we would deal.
With nine starting appearances to his name, and a further ten showings from the substitutes bench, the 21-year-old has chipped in with two goals and last January we sent him to Accrington Stanley to improve his game time and he had a decent spell, scoring three times in eleven starts and five substitute showings.
Now back with us, plenty hope that we’ll see more of him under new manager Mark Warburton and a number of fans will be pleased that we batted away their interest in his permanent capture.
Answering questions from fans as MacAnthony regularly does, the topic of Smyth came up and he confirmed that director of football Barry Fry had been to watch the player in action and with a glowing report coming back they did make an attempt.
Yep. But wouldn’t sell him. I sent Barry to scout him last jan in reserve game then had him call SE to say he’d found one. Then we tried to buy him. Great young player. https://t.co/Y25DATxK7x
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) May 21, 2019
Speaking to the Official Site last week, the lad admitted himself it was now a big season for him at Loftus Road.
“This is a new start for me with a new person to impress. 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.”