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Andy Rinomhota

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

21/04/1997

Signed

01/08/2017

Country

England

Andy Rinomhota is an energetic midfielder who joined our youth ranks from AFC Portchester, signing an initial two-year deal in April 2015.

Rinomhota played with both the Under-21s and Under-18s during his first full season.

But then in the U23 campaign in 2016-17, the midfielder came to the fore – missing just a single fixture for group, including in their Checkatrade Trophy campaign, totting up a total of 39 appearances in all competitions.

That resulted in a call-up to the first-team’s pre-season camp in the Netherlands, and ultimately a place on the bench at Loftus Road for the first game of the new campaign against Queens Park Rangers in 2017-18.

His debut followed just days later, as he played the duration against Gillingham in a Carabao Cup first round victory at Madejski Stadium.

Rinomhota was a semi-regular inclusion in matchday squads throughout that campaign, although he only made one further appearance - again in the Carabao Cup in a win over Millwall.

28 appearances during 2018-19 – including a belter debut-goal against League leaders Norwich at Carrow Road – Andy’s breakthrough season ended with the midfielder rightly obtaining the club’s prestigious Player of the Season Award.

He became only the fifth home-grown player to receive the award behind Gylfi Sigurðsson, Shane Long, Alex Pearce and Jordan Obita.

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