QPR history-maker leaves Loftus Road

Tommy Smith – the scorer of QPR’s first goal back in the Premier League – has left the club after agreeing a two-year contract with Cardiff City.

Smith, whose goal at Everton a year ago gave Rangers their first victory in the top flight following a 15-year absence, has moved for an undsclosed fee.

West London Sport revealed earlier this month that Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay was hoping to capture Smith, 32, as well as Heidar Helguson from QPR.

Helguson recently agreed a move to the Championship club, who have also completed the signing of defender Matt Connolly from the R’s.

QPR boss Mark Hughes confirmed this week that an offer for Smith from Cardiff had been accepted, but that the deal “hadn’t really progressed” as the player considered his options.

But there was some progress on Tuesday, with Smith indicating that he would make the move to Wales.

A number of other clubs expressed an interest in the player, who joined Rangers from Portsmouth in 2010 and whose career has included two spells at Watford.

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