McCarthy eyes regular role

Young Reading keeper would consider loan to Championship rival

McCarthy: Keen to be playing Championship football next season

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Alex McCarthy has set his sights on being a regular next season - either with Reading or on loan.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper broke into the Reading side last season following a knee injury to first-choice Adam Federici.

The Royals suffered just one defeat in his 13 league games, a 3-2 loss to Sheffield United in April.

Federici then reclaimed his place for the last five games of the season and, although McCarthy was disappointed to drop out of the side, it has made him hungry for more first-team action next season.

"I was on the bench for a few games and my chance came towards the end of the season," he told the Bracknell Forest Standard.

"It was a wish come true for me. I had been at the club for a while, had done my scholarship and been out on loan.

"We got ourselves into a good position, were playing some good stuff and went on a good run.

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"We only lost the one game and I didn't think I deserved to lose my position, but that's football and it's the manager's decision.

"It was very frustrating. You go from playing week in, week out to being on the bench, but it was out of my hands."

"If I'm not playing at Reading next season then I will go out on loan"

Alex McCarthy

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McCarthy had spent the 2009/10 campaign on loan at Yeovil and had a brief spell with Brentford last term before returning to the Madejski for his first run in the Reading side.

That earned him a place in England's squad for the European Under-21 Championship but McCarthy believes he needs to continue being a regular starter if he is to stay in the international set-up.

"It is hard to keep players who are not playing happy," he said. "All keepers will want to play and we are all fighting for the No.1 shirt.

"If I'm not playing at Reading next season then I will go out on loan - I want to be playing next season and I want to stay in the Championship.

"If I get a good season next year playing Championship games then I have a great opportunity. I'll have to see what happens and take each step as it comes."