Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex Smithies has signed a contract extension with the West London club according to the Evening Standard.

The 26-year-old Huddersfield born stopper is currently the first choice keeper at Loftus Road and the player is now set to remain with The Hoops until summer 2020. The keeper’s previous deal was set to expire next summer.

Smithies has been one of QPR’s top performers this season with the player having made 31 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship for the club and recording five clean sheets despite The R’s struggles towards the bottom of the league table.

QPR signed Smithies from Huddersfield Town in August 2015 for an undisclosed fee and the player made his 50th appearance for The R’s in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to The Terriers at Loftus Road. The keeper is a graduate of the West Yorkshire club’s academy system and Smithies went on to make 274 appearances for the club, helping Huddersfield Town to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in the 2011/2012 season.

During his time at The John Smith’s Stadium, Smithies was linked with several Premier League clubs after a number of scouts were regularly seen watching the player in action for The Terriers.

Smithies’ new contract with QPR will provide the player with stability and the opportunity to continue to prove his quality as the West London club look to build towards a return to the Premier League in the coming years.

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