They say never go back, but QPR midfielder Tommy Smith obviously is not a believer of that philosophy.
He is rumoured to be planning on jumping ship at QPR and moving back to his boyhood club Watford, for whom he has had two lengthy successful spells with previously.
Smith has allegedly failed to impress new QPR manager Mark Hughes is various training regimes and has been told to find a new club, preferably permanently, but more likely on a loan move for the time being.
The fans’ favourite at Vicarage Road has reportedly set his heart on moving back to north-London in order to help Watford clamber away from the relegation trouble in the Championship.
The only sticking point in the transfer would be whether Watford could afford the players’ wages, which are rumoured to be around the £10,000 per week mark.
This is unlikely, but sources close to the player have revealed that he could be willing to help Watford out with the deal, by paying half of the required wages himself. This would leave Watford in a position to make the deal a finically applicable one.
Smith has previously had two successful spells at the club which gave him his chance as a youngster, playing nearly 200 games for the Hornets in periods between 1997-2003 and 2006-2009.
In between his two spells at Watford he had played for both Sunderland and Derby County.
He signed for QPR for £1.5m from Portsmouth in 2011 and played a huge part in Rangers’ promotion season which saw them run away with the Championship. He is remembered by the fans as the man who secured promotion at, ironically Vicarage Road, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 victory that, FA investigations apart, secured the victory that guaranteed the club’s promotion back to the Premier League after a 15-year hiatus.