June 28, 2018 / 11:21 AM / 10 months ago

Soccer: Cardiff bolster squad with Smithies, Reid signings

Soccer Football - Championship - Sheffield United vs Queens Park Rangers - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - February 20, 2018 Queens Park Rangers' Alex Smithies Action Images/Ed Sykes/Files

(Reuters) - Cardiff City have signed goalkeeper Alex Smithies and forward Bobby Reid from Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City respectively, the newly promoted Premier League club said on Thursday.

The duo have signed four-year contracts at Cardiff for undisclosed fees.

Smithies, who began his professional career with Huddersfield Town, joined QPR in August 2015 and made over 100 appearances for the second-tier Championship club.

“He’s a lad that knows he will have to fight for his place,” manager Neil Warnock told Cardiff’s website. “Neil Etheridge had a fabulous season in 2017/18 and improved as time went on. It’s great for us to have that healthy competition.”

Smithies, 28, made 43 league appearances for QPR last campaign.

Reid, 25, has featured 158 times across all competitions for Championship side Bristol since his senior debut in 2011 and was the club’s top scorer last season, netting 21 goals in 52 appearances.

“I want to show my high energy and work rate, as well as being creative and working for the team. I’m buzzing to get started,” Reid said.

The pair’s arrival at Cardiff follows that of winger Josh Murphy and defender Greg Cunningham earlier this month as the Welsh club prepare for their first top-flight season since the 2013/14 campaign.

Reporting By Arnab Paul and Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty and David Stamp

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