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Queens Park Rangers set to sign Huddersfield Town’s keeper Alex Smithies

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell is resigned to the fact that he will lose first choice goalkeeper Alex Smithies to Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers.

Smithies graduated from the club’s academy in 2007 and made well over 200 appearances for the Terriers, but looks set to make the move to West London.

Incidentally, Smithies could make his Rangers debut againstTown next Saturday if the deal is not done in time for this weekend’s round of fixtures.


Reports: Livermore suffered loss before failed drug test

Hull midfielder Jake Livermore was reportedly struggling with the death of his child when he tested positive for cocaine last season.

Livermore hasn't played for Hull City since failing a drug test in April Credit: Press Association

Livermore tested positive for the Class A drug after the Tigers' 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in April and was suspended pending a Football Association hearing.

It is understood that Hull were fully aware Livermore was battling difficult personal circumstances and the Daily Mail reported on Thursday that his failed test came just days after the results of an inquest into the death of his baby.

Livermore remains suspended by Hull, who will not take questions on the 25-year-old until the FA investigation is resolved.

The club are unable to comment on Jake Livermore until his case with the Football Association concludes.

– Hull City AFC

A failed in-competition test for a 'social' drug such as cocaine carries a maximum two-year ban.

The 25-year-old originally joined Hull on loan from Tottenham for the 2013/14 season, making the deal permanent in an £8million deal last summer.

He has one England cap, having appeared in a 2-1 friendly win over Italy in 2012.


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