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Jamie Mackie leaves for QPR

It is not what you'd think of as a surprise, but Jamie Mackie has returned to QPR...

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Jamie Mackie has completed his move back to QPR, two years after he was signed from Loftus Road.

Mackie had spent last season on loan at Reading, after one term in the Forest team in which he...shall we say, divided opinion.

At least one third of In The Top One might well be the final remaining Forest fan that actually liked Mackie, in that sort of Poundland Dirk Kuyt manner that he bounded around, causing miscellaneous havoc. He was one of those players whose value was intangible, in that he didn't score or set-up too many goals, but he may well have created a few by his sheer relentlessness.

However, from the looks of the announcement on the QPR website, it sounds like Forest simply released Mackie despite him having a year remaining on his contract. That shouldn't be a surprise, given that Forest were just keen to get him and his wages off their books, which is probably a smart move.

Demanding money for a player like Mackie would be all well and good, but with various options on the wing for next season and his contract weighing on the Forest books like an anvil, it would be counterproductive. Dougie Freedman will have Michail Antonio, Chris Burke, Jamie Paterson, probably Oliver Burke and in all likelihood Jamie Ward as wide players next season.

Mackie told the QPR website: "I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.

"Anyone that knows me will tell you just how much this club means to me – and the feelings that I’ve got for the place has only grown in the short time I’ve been away.

"People say never go back, but I feel as though I’ve got some unfinished business here and under the guidance of Les and Chris, I can only see a bright future for this club.

"They know I’ll come in and give my absolute maximum and – having in played in front of the QPR fans before – I know that’s exactly what they love to see. It’s great to be back."