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Cardiff sign QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies

Cardiff have confirmed that they have signed goalkeeper from Alex Smithies from Queens Park Rangers.

The 28-year old keeper moves to the Welsh club after three years in West London, having made more than 100 appearances for Rangers. The Huddersfield-born player began his career with his home town side, and joined their academy at the age of 8,  going on to play for them in both League One and The Championship,  before moving to QPR in August 2015.

The fee Cardiff have paid for Smithies, who won caps for England at age groups up to under-19 level, has not been officially disclosed, but is said to be in the region of £3.5 million.

Smithies will compete for the number one goalkeeping jersey at the Cardiff City stadium with Neil Etheridge, who had a major role to play in Cardiff’s successful promotion campaign last season.

Speaking to the Cardiff City website, manager Neil Warnock said: “I wondered if he just has a blinder when he plays against us, but having watched Alex for a while, there is no doubting his pedigree.”

“He’s a lad that knows he will have to fight for his place. Neil Etheridge had a fabulous season in 2017/18 and improved as time went on. It’s great for us to have that healthy competition.”

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