Leyton Orient playmaker Paul Smyth has been linked with a return to Championship side QPR, according to West London Sport.
The winger has played a starring role for the League Two champions, after signing a two-year deal in 2021, meaning that his contract with the club is about to expire, allowing him to move on for free.
Who is Paul Smyth?
Smyth began his youth career with Northern Ireland’s Linfield FC, before moving to QPR in August 2017 for an undisclosed fee. He then experienced several loan spells, away from Loftus Road, with the likes of Wycombe, Charlton and Accrington Stanley.
However, he completed a free transfer to Leyton Orient in 2021, upon his release from the Championship side and has been more than impressive ever since. Last season, Smyth made 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further four, meaning he averaged a goal contribution every three matches.
Stay or go?
According to TransferMarkt and West London Sport, Paul Smyth is out of contract with the League One side and faces a very uncertain future in the remaining days before his contract comes to a conclusion.
QPR managed to avoid relegation in the final games of last season, whilst Leyton Orient cruised to the League Two title, despite a shaky run of form in the middle of the second-half of the season. Therefore, there is no just one division difference, between the two sides.
What’s been said?
The report from West London Sport confirmed that QPR aren’t the only side that have taken an interest in Smyth’s contract situation with Leyton Orient.
Similarly, they also confirm that QPR boss Gareth Ainsworth is a ‘big fan’ of the playmaker and would like to bring him to Loftus Road.
If Leyton Orient were to lose Smyth this summer, it would come as a huge blow to the club, both physically and financially, but they need the player to make a decision.
A return to QPR would be an intriguing move, given his lack of consistent opportunities during his four year stint at the club previously.