Sacked Chelsea player Mellis in QPR trial

Jacob Mellis, the young Chelsea midfielder sacked for his part in an incident involving a smoke grenade set off at the club’s training ground, has gone on trial with London rivals Queens Park Rangers, the Daily Mail has reported.

The 21-year-old played in the R’s 2-1 defeat against West Ham United earlier this week, having spent last week training with Championship side Burnley, the Mail adds. Mellis’ Chelsea contract was terminated last month after admitting he and a teammate set off a smoke grenade at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground that led to a full-scale evacuation of everybody on site. Billy Clifford, the other player involved, was fined for bringing the device to the training ground.

Mellis made his Chelsea debut in 2010/11, appearing as a substitute in the Champions League against MSK Zilina. Mellis, signed from Sheffield United in 2007, also had loan spells at Southampton and Barnsley during his time at Stamford Bridge.

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