QPR goalkeeper looks likely to stay

The chances of QPR goalkeeper Liam Kelly signing for Motherwell appear to have shortened following Joe Lumley’s move to Middlesbrough.

Kelly spent the second half of the season on loan with the SPL side, who are keen to keep him.

Manager Graham Alexander has been hoping that a deal can be agreed for Kelly to stay at Fir Park.

But Lumley leaving Rangers means they might want Kelly to stay with them as cover for Seny Dieng.

Both Lumley and Kelly were keen to play first-team football after being leapfrogged by Dieng as QPR’s first-choice keeper.

Kelly found himself on the bench after Lumley joined Doncaster on loan earlier in the season.

The roles were reversed when Lumley returned to act as cover for Dieng and Kelly was allowed to join Motherwell.

Lumley bided his time and rejected the offer of a new deal in west London in order to join Boro on a two-year deal.

Manager Neil Warnock told Boro’s website: “I’m delighted to have signed Joe. I’ve always rated him highly and I look forward to him joining us.

“I know he’s excited about coming here and he can’t wait to play in front of the Riverside crowd.”