Forward Paul Smyth has signed for Accrington Stanley until the end of the season on loan from Championship side QPR.
The 21-year-old is eligible for tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round clash with Derby County, live on BT Sport (KO 12.30pm).
Smyth grew up in Belfast and came through the ranks at NIFL Premiership side Linfield, from U12 level.
He was spotted by Northern Ireland U21 analyst Andrew Belk and signed for QPR aged 19.
Smyth, who has played for the Northern Ireland senior side, made 14 appearances for Ian Holloway’s QPR last season, scoring two goals. He has made two appearances this season under Steve McClaren.
“I am excited about being here,” said Smyth. “I spoke to goalkeeper Joe Lumley who was at Accrington a few years ago and he said he loved it here and that it was a good group of players.
“I have looked at how Accrington have done over the last few seasons and obviously they have come up and are doing well in League One this season and hopefully I can add to the success.
“It’s a chance for me to express myself and hopefully impress people.
“I am a striker or wideman, I am fast, small and I like to get in behind players. I love scoring goals but I am happy with assists as well.
“I have scored in the Championship and played Derby before so I know what they are all about if I play a part tomorrow.”
Stanley manager John Coleman said: “We tried to sign Paul in the summer. He is a full international and I have watched him play for Northern Ireland and QPR.
“His agent is our former player Colin Murdock and he alerted us to Paul’s availability. He has a lot of pace which is something we need in our side.”
Smyth will be squad No. 38.