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QPR defender Conor Masterson joins Gillingham on loan; The former Liverpool youngster spent the first half of the season at Cambridge United


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Gillingham have bolstered their defensive options with a loan signing from QPR.

Conor Masterson, 23, has joined from the Championship side on a deal that runs until April 30.

QPR's Conor Masterson spent the first half of the season at Cambridge United Picture: Keith Heppell
QPR's Conor Masterson spent the first half of the season at Cambridge United Picture: Keith Heppell

Masterson is the second QPR player to join on loan under caretaker boss Steve Lovell after striker Charlie Kelman agreed to a Priestfield return.

The new arrival is a former Republic of Ireland youth international. He moved to England when he joined Liverpool as a teenager.

He captained the under-18s at Liverpool and was named on the bench for the senior side on a handful of occasions before being released in 2019.

QPR signed the centre-half and he’s played 16 games for them while also having loan spells with Swindon Town and Cambridge United.

Conor Masterson in action for Cambridge United against Ipswich Town Picture: Keith Heppell
Conor Masterson in action for Cambridge United against Ipswich Town Picture: Keith Heppell

He made 21 appearances for Cambridge in the first half of this season and played against the Gills when the two sides met in September. Gillingham won 2-0, just one of three league victories this season.

His last competitive appearance was on December 4, in a 2-1 FA Cup victory for Cambridge against Exeter City.

Masterson is Gillingham's sixth loan recruit and they can only name five in a matchday squad, although Norwich midfielder Dan Adshead is still injured and out for several more weeks.

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