Alex Smithies has spoken out about the challenge for the number one jersey at Loftus Road, saying the three goalkeepers help each other to reach new standards.

Although Smithies is a first team regular, he's consistently pushed by Matt Ingram and Joe Lumley for his jersey, something which the 27-year-old says keeps him on his toes.

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Speaking to Get West London, he said: "I enjoy the challenge and it’s a tough challenge with the goalkeepers that we’ve got at the club.

"It’s a daily challenge to be the best keeper on the training ground and we’re all at it every single day. There’s never a day when someone drops their standards and that can only be good for me.

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"I’m being pushed regularly and it’s good for everybody because the person who comes out on top deserves to play regularly."

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