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Does the news of QPR keeper Matt Ingram joining Northampton on loan suggest that Huddersfield-born stopper Alex Smithies will remain at Loftus Road?

The move seems to benefit all parties involved; particularly the QPR fans who will be thankful that it suggests the club will keep hold of their star man.

The news of Matt Ingram's loan move to Northampton Town leaves a positive feeling all-round.

Ingram will massively benefit from gaining regular first team football with the Cobblers over the course of the season, meaning that when he returns to Loftus Road he will be in a much better place to challenge for the no.1 jersey.

It also suggests positive news for the future of Alex Smithies.

The Huddersfield-born stopper has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, most notably with Crystal Palace and his hometown Terriers.

However the move to let Ingram depart on loan suggests that Smithies will be remaining at Loftus Road for the foreseeable, as the former Wycombe stopper would have been certain to step into the number one jersey if Smithies was to head off to pastures new.

But the decision to allow Ingram to gain first team football appears to be a decision that suits all parties; particularly the QPR fans who will breathe a sigh of relief that their star man will remain a Hoop.

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