QPR have sent former Kilmarnock defender Niko Hamalainen back on loan to the USA with LA Galaxy.

The Finnish international spent time in the MLS with LAFC prior to joining Kilmarnock for the curtailed 2019/20 season. Hamalainen proved a worthy short-term successor to Greg Taylor, who left Kilmarnock for Celtic before the 24-year-old’s Scottish Premiership arrival. He will stay in America until the New Year.


Hamalainen has left QPR again to move abroad to America. (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

A statement from the English Championship club reads: “QPR defender Niko Hamalainen has joined LA Galaxy on loan. The 24-year-old will stay with the MLS side until 31st December 2021.

“The American-born full-back, who is a Finland international and was part of their Euro 2020 squad, has previously enjoyed loan spells in League Two with Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015.

“He spent three months with LAFC in the MLS in 2019. In 2019/20, Hamalainen featured regularly for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.”

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