The club have today agreed a deal to sell goalkeeper Matt Ingram to Championship side Queens Park Rangers.The move enables the 22-year-old to fulfil his undoubted potential at a higher level and he leaves Adams Park after almost a decade with the club, having progressed through the youth academy before being handed his professional debut by manager Gareth Ainsworth in 2013.
Ainsworth said: “It’s a fantastic move for Matt Ingram. He was so young coming into the team three years ago, and has been absolutely consistent and he deserves to prove himself at a higher level.
“I believe he is destined for the Premier League and one day we will see him there. He is going to make his mark on football and we have got nothing but pride here for what that young man has achieved.”
Chairman Andrew Howard said: “It’s a testament to the coaching abilities of Gareth, Richard Dobson and Barry Richardson that yet another young player has earned his move to a higher level and we should be proud as a club to have played a massive part in his development.
“This is not a last-minute deal; a lot of work has gone into it to ensure that the fee reflects the quality of the player. The money received from this transfer is another boost on our long path towards becoming debt-free and therefore becoming a stable supporter-owned football club.”
Ingram’s talents were spotted at a young age, saving the crucial penalty in a shootout to win the FA Youth Alliance Cup in 2011, and he was the only representative of a League 2 club to be called into an England goalkeeping camp in that same year.
Spells in non-league with Lewes, Hayes & Yeading and Oxford City saw him further his development and his first taste of Football League action came in March 2013, making his debut against Accrington Stanley at Adams Park.
He retained the number 1 jersey throughout his time with the club, clocking up over 100 consecutive appearances and winning the Football League Young Player of the Month trophy in September last season.
Injury robbed him of the chance to represent his hometown club in the League 2 play-offs at the end of the last campaign, but he has excelled once again this term and his last match – fittingly - saw him and his team-mates applauded off the field after a heroic effort in the FA Cup third round replay against Premier League Aston Villa.
The former John Hampden Grammar School pupil made a total of 140 appearances for the Wanderers, keeping 40 clean sheets. The transfer fee remains undisclosed as a condition of the deal.
Everyone at Wycombe Wanderers would like to wish Matt every success at QPR and thank him for his outstanding contribution to the club.