Cardiff City have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Smithies from QPR, with the 28-year-old set to offer cover and competition for last season's number one, Neil Etheridge, following the Bluebirds' promotion to the ​Premier League.


Smithies, who played close to 300 games for hometown club ​Huddersfield prior to joining QPR in 2015, has signed a three-year contract that will keep him in the Welsh capital until 2021.

"I wondered if he just has a blinder when he plays against us. But having watched Alex for a while, there is no doubting his pedigree," manager Neil Warnock told the club's official website.


"He's a lad that knows he will have to fight for his place. 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."

So far this summer, Cardiff have already signed Greg Cunningham from ​Preston and Josh Murphy from ​Norwich as they look to improve on their last top flight campaign in 2013/14 and avoid immediate relegation back to the ​Championship.


Canadian winger Junior Hoillet has also committed his future to the club this month by signing a new three-year contract.


The Bluebirds will begin the 2018/19 season away against ​Bournemouth on 11th August.