Reading have allowed Alex McCarthy to remain at Elland Road for another month.

The 22-year-old England U21 International goalkeeper has been in fine form for The Whites, helping Leeds to overcome the nightmare of Paul Rachubka’s meltdown.

A clause in the loan agreement means McCarthy will be unable to play against his own club Reading this Saturday, paving the way for Andy Lonergan to return who was on the bench for Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Watford last Saturday.

Elsewhere, Simon Grayson has been expressing his relief that Jonny Howson’s injury is not as bad as first expected, basically claiming that Leeds’ captain will be out for “weeks, not months” (deja vu anyone?)

Finally, Alex Bruce’s Elland Road career may be coming to an end as the centre-back revealed he was open to the possibility of a permanent move to Huddersfield Town in January.

6 Responses

  1. Matthew

    I think this can only be a good thing. If we don’t buy him, having decent cover to allow Lonergan the time to be 100% is only a good thing, besides after that annoying defeat by Barnsley, I would imagine he, like everyone else wants to make it right on the 31st, unfinished business lol

    Happy about the Alex Bruce news, we need to clear all the deadwood out to pave room for more $$$$ to speand on loanees or perma transfers, it’d make contract negoitations easier for anyone when half your squad isn’t crap and draining available funds.

    • Irving08

      Are you sure Bruce is dead wood ?

      I recall his playing very well against Arsenal at the Emirates.

  2. Gryff

    Wonder how much we had to spend, though. If Grayson didn’t have to pay a lot for the month’s extension then why would he spend money on getting Maik Taylor to the club when he’s still got the lad Cairns and Lonners was never going to be out for more than a few weeks?

    • Matthew


      Cairns shouldn’t be playing at this level yet, he’s likely unsure about Taylor(Likely using as a last resort) And Lonergan likely wasn’t 100 percent at the time.

      Anyway Reading aren’t in that much of a position to bargain, they recently posted 5 million pounds worth of a losses. We’re likely paying the majority of his wages, that’s for sure.

  3. ellie1912

    Reading will be foolish not to keep hold of McCarthy long term. Goalies are the cornerstone of a football squad.


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