Queens Park Rangers have announced the signing of a new goalkeeper.
Harry Halwax, 19, will join up with the club’s U23 side until the end of the season.
Halwax was with Derby County until his contract finished last year. He has also spent time in his native Ireland playing for Cabinteely and Leixlip United.
QPR boss Mark Warburton admitted that the club is currently suffering from an injury crisis following the injury to Jordan Archer during last weekend’s FA Cup tie.
Archer was taken to hospital with what appeared to be a serious issue with his shoulder. His penalty save on Chiedozie Ogbene took QPR into the next round of the competition.
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Archer was playing, despite being the club’s backup goalkeeper, due to the absence of Seny Dieng, who is representing Senegal at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
QPR have been linked with Freddie Woodman from Newcastle United as a potential alternative replacement, but if a deal with the Tyneside club cannot be struck then perhaps we will see Halwax make his debut for the club sooner than expected.
QPR are currently fifth in the Championship table. Their next game resumes their league campaign as they take on promotion rival West Brom at home on January 15.
This will bolster the club’s position in the goalkeeper department, if even just by default.
At only 19, Halwax probably won’t be expected to play much in the medium-term future, but he may be required with the current absences in the squad.
This will be a big step up for him considering his previous experience and will surely be a risk QPR look to avoid needing to make.