QUEENS Park Rangers lost one Matt Smith but gained another as the two Worcestershire footballers moved clubs.

Redditch-born Smith has joined the London outfit on a season-long loan from Manchester City and is looking to build on a successful spell at FC Twente last term.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who has seven Wales caps to his name, has been with the Premier League champions since the age of 14 and signed a new long-term deal three months ago.

QPR boss Mark Warburton added: “I am delighted to bring Matt in.

“He is highly-regarded by many people within the game and this is an important loan for him now. “He will have a real desire to play a large number of games and build his reputation.”

The talented teenager replaces his namesake who has ended his two-year spell at QPR to sign for Championship rivals Millwall for an undisclosed fee.

A former youth team player at Evesham United, Smith rebuilt his career at Redditch United and Littleton after being released by Cheltenham Town at the age of 18.

The 30-year-old striker who stands at 6ft 6in made more than 100 competitive appearances for QPR after signing from neighbours Fulham in 2017.

Smith who has previously played for Oldham Athletic, Leeds United and Bristol City said: “From a footballing perspective, (Millwall) seems like a really good fit.

“All the tools are here for me to flourish.

“I’ll be taking the opportunity with both hands and will give my all for the side.

“I always play with my heart on my sleeve and give everything, and I think I have very obvious strengths and limitations.

“Being here will really suit me and hopefully I will score goals, contribute and really impact the side.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in on the training ground.”

He added: “I turned 30 in June – I’m a senior pro now.

“I’ll always do my best to help the younger lads, put an arm around them when necessary and lead by example.

“From the outside looking in, it seems like we have a very honest bunch of lads here and I’m looking forward to being part of that environment.”