Joe Walsh completes QPR move
Walsh made his league debut for Gillingham earlier this season | Photo by George Wood - Getty Images

Young goalkeeper Joe Walsh has completed a move to QPR from League One Gillingham.

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Walsh joined the R’s on Thursday afternoon, signing a three-and-a-half year contract with the London-based team.

The fee has been announced as undisclosed.

Gillingham Record

Walsh joined Gillingham at U11 level and was brought into the first team under manager Steve Evans in the summer of 2019, signing his first professional deal with the club.

Mainly playing understudy to Jack Bonham during his time as a pro at Gillingham, Walsh made eight first-team appearances, including his League One debut in October 2020 against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Walsh has also been involved with England at a youth player, having attended training camps at U16 and U18 level.


Gillingham manager Steve Evans told the club website: “I would like to wish Joe every success.

“He has improved out of all recognition in the last 18 months and QPR have got themselves an outstanding young goalkeeper.

“Two EFL Championship clubs, and late in the day, a top SPL club wanted the lad, but his heart was set on Queens Park Rangers from the get go.

“Joe goes forwards in his career and I have no doubt my good friend Mark Warburton and his staff will continue his development.”

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand told the club website: “Joe is a bright, bright prospect.

“He was identified by the club’s goalkeeping fraternity and has attracted a lot of interest – especially after making his league debut at just 18 earlier this season.

“Everyone knows we are in the market for developing young players. Joe has lots of potential, which bodes well for the future.”

Walsh himself Tweeted: "Thank you to everyone over the last eight years at Gillingham. All of my academy coaches and first team staff who helped me become the player and person I am today. I am truly thankful. Can also not wait to get going at QPR."