Just one meeting with head coach Mark Warburton was all it took to convince Wales international Matt Smith that Queens Park Rangers is the right place to continue his blossoming career.

The 19-year-old midfielder arrived at Loftus Road on the same day that his namesake left the club to join Millwall, the 30-year-old striker moving across the capital for an undisclosed fee.

The younger Smith, meanwhile, joins Rangers on a season-long loan from Manchester City and having won the Dutch title with FC Twente last term, the new QPR man is looking forward to getting stuck into the Championship.

“I had one conversation with the gaffer here and knew that is what I wanted,” said Smith, who has featured in all three of his country’s Euro 2020 qualifiers this year, starting twice.

“The way he wants to play football appealed to me. Having grown up at Man City, that style is something they instill in you, so I had one conversation with the gaffer here and knew this is what I wanted from my second loan move.

“It is a tough league and I felt I needed this for my development.

“When you go to any new club, you want to be playing games.

“That’s why I have come here – to prove I can play at this level. I’ve got to prove it to myself and to everybody here.”

QPR chief Warburton added: “Matt can play as a defensive midfielder or slightly more advanced.

“He is comfortable in both positions. I see him playing a key role in front of our back four.

“He is tenacious, he rats to get the ball, he’s very comfortable in possession, takes the ball in tight areas, and has a lovely range of passing as well.

“There is always going to be competition for places and he knows that but I think he is really excited by the challenge ahead.”

The club has also announced the signing of Dominic Ball on a free transfer with the defender having agreed a two-year deal after leaving Rotherham. 

Rangers are currently in the process of reshuffling their pack, having brought in Luke Amos on loan from Tottenham – but outgoings are also on the agenda.

Luke Freeman is expected to join Premier League new boys Sheffield United, full-back Jake Bidwell has signed for Swansea City and Massimo Luongo could leave to free up funds.

Director of football Les Ferdinand told The World Game: “All our players are up for sale.

“We are a club that if the right offer comes in for one of our players – especially with the Financial Fair Play situation – we have to look at everything.”