Rob Green was QPR’s first choice stopper for the early part of the campaign.
However, after the experienced stopper made a series of erratic performances, Smithies has now got his chance - and the 25-year-old says he was always expecting to have to be patient.
“You get used to being one of the first names on the team list,” he said. “But when you move you have to establish yourself. That’s what I tried to do and show everyone what I’m capable of.
“I was aware Rob was still here when I signed, and knew he was going to play and that it would be a battle. But I knew that if I wanted to progress and play at a higher level I had to have faith in myself.”
Smithies has played in QPR’s last three matches, and he has only conceded once during that time.
The England youth international has looked commanding throughout his time at Loftus Road, and he seems to have become an established part of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s starting line-up now.
Because of Smithies’ good form, rumours did start to emerge about Green’s future at QPR.
The Daily Mirror suggested that Green was set for a move to West Ham United or Crystal Palace in January, but the 35-year-old has remained with Rangers, and will now have to fight to win his place in goal back.