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Northern Ireland International Paul Smyth joins Charlton Athletic on loan

Sat, Oct 17 2020

Sam Bartram statue outside The Valley Credit: Macdara Ferris (ETPhotos)

Northern Ireland International Paul Smyth has joined League One side Charlton Athletic on loan for the rest of the season.
 
Smyth who scored on his Northern Ireland debut against South Korea in 2018 has experience in League One as he won promotion to the Championship last term with Wycombe Wanderers as they beat Oxford United in the playoff final. 
 
During his loan spell at Wycombe he scored once in 19 games. He also spent time at Accrington Stanley in 2018-19 where he netted three times in 15 games including one at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland. 
 
This season he made four substitute appearances for Mark Warburton's QPR side - three in the Championship and one in the 3-2 Carabao Cup defeat to Plymouth Argyle. 
 
The R's also have taken up an option to recall Smyth in January. 
 
On signing for the club Smyth said "It feels great to be a part of the club. I spoke with the manager and spoke with Steve Gallen as well.
 
"I want to develop as a player and Lee Bowyer said he can help me with that. I had a phone call with him yesterday and I thought ‘let’s do it, let’s get it done'. 
 
“With Wycombe, we got promoted, it was a crazy season but getting there and getting promotion, it is something I want to achieve again.” 
 
Manager Lee Bowyer was delighted to get the deal done as he commented "I think we’ve tried to get him in the last three transfer windows. He’s quick and full of energy and fits well with the type of football we like to play.”
 
Charlton currently sit 17th in League One with four points from their opening four games and are set to host Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon. 
 
Smyth follows Andrew Shinnie on a season long loan deal to the Valley as he joined earlier on Friday.