McCarthy thanks Reading FC boss after Leeds United debutBy Jonny Fordham
November 11, 2011
Alex McCarthy paid tribute to Reading manager Brian McDermott after keeping a clean sheet on his Leeds United debut.
The Royals goalkeeper was granted permission to join Simon Grayson’s side on an emergency loan until December 10.
And after helping Leeds to a 1-0 win at Leicester City last Saturday, McCarthy said he is grateful to have been allowed to join a rival Championship club.
He said: “The main thing is going there to play games. I’ve been sitting on the bench behind Feds (Adam Federici) and so this will be a very good thing for me.
“I’ve got great respect for Brian. He could easily have said no to this and said he wanted me on the bench, but he knows what is best for me. And I know what’s best for me as well.
“I’ve had a look at the fixtures while I’m at Leeds and it should be a good run of matches. I’m looking forward to showing them what I’m all about.
“I’ve only played the one Carling Cup game and some reserve games this season so this will be good for me.
“I can come back and put more pressure on Feds and the next step for me is playing again at Reading.”
The 21-year-old is likely to keep his place against Nottingham Forest, Burnley, Millwall, Watford and Barnsley with Leeds No.1 Andy Lonergan out for six weeks with a fractured finger.
Reading do have the option to recall McCarthy at any time, although it would need approval from the Football League.
McDermott said: “Throughout the season we have had a number of clubs interested in taking Alex on loan into League One.
“However, those opportunities were not right because we feel Alex is right up there as one of the top young keepers in the country.
“It has been unfortunate for Alex because in him, Mikkel Andersen and Adam Federici we have three No.1 goalkeepers.
“Leeds have come in, they asked to take Alex on loan and I feel I need to do the right thing by him.
“Playing games in the Championship is in the best interests of the club and Alex in both the short and long term.”