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Conor Masterson links up with Mark Travers following loan exit from QPR

The 22-year-old from Kildare has joined John Sheridan’s Swindon Town until the end of the season.

LAST UPDATE | 19 Jan 2021

QUEENS PARK RANGERS have sent Republic of Ireland U21 international Conor Masterson out on loan.

The 22-year-old centre-back will spend the remainder of the season with League One club Swindon Town, who are managed by former Ireland midfielder John Sheridan.

Masterson is the second Kildare native to make a temporary switch to Swindon this month. He links up with goalkeeper Mark Travers, who has joined Sheridan’s side on loan from Bournemouth.

QPR’s faith in the former Liverpool youngster is evidenced by the club’s decision to reward him with a new three-year contract back in September.

However, he has found his opportunities limited this season, making just six first-team appearances. His last outing in the Championship came in a 3-2 win against Rotherham United in November.

Masterson’s prospects under manager Mark Warburton were hindered further by last week’s arrival of former Dutch U21 international Jordy de Wijs on loan from Hull City.

A key member of the most recent Ireland U21 squad, Masterson captained the side in the European Championship qualifiers against Italy, Iceland and Luxembourg following Jayson Molumby’s graduation to the senior set-up.

Swindon, who were promoted last summer as League Two champions, are fighting to avoid a swift return to the fourth tier of English football.

They languish second from bottom in the table, two points from safety, ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Charlton Athletic.

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