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Confidence in keepers

10 January 2014

Adkins on our stoppers

Manager Nigel Adkins is delighted with the Royals' crop of goalkeepers.

As a former glovesman himself, Adkins knows all about the attributes required to be successful between the sticks, and both Alex McCarthy and Adam Federici have played very well recently, ably backed up by Stuart Taylor.


Adkins said, "We've got three excellent goalkeepers, but only one can play! And some good youth ones as well.


"Feds has been training so hard, and last week was an opportunity for him, we've got every confidence in him. He did very well, now I've got a decision to make for Saturday. I know what I'll do, but I'm not going to say! It's a good situation.


"I am sure both keepers will be courted by other clubs, and we've got to make sure that come the end of the window we've got one of them. Whichever one, will definitely give us a great opportunity.


"Feds has been the ultimate professional, his performance last week showed that, so well done to him. I've said many times that Alex can be a top four keeper, but needs to play. As far as I'm aware there's been no offers, at this moment in time I expect them both to be here next month, but in January you never know.


"With keepers there can be a snowball effect if a Premier League club moves a goalkeeper on, then both of ours will be in the equation. You have to be mindful of what can arise but from my point of view I'd like to keep all three." 

As well as McCarthy, Federici and Taylor, also emerging from Sal Bibbo's tutelage is Danish u21 Mikkel Andersen, who is back on loan in his native country with Randers.

Jonathan Henly is a Scotland u21 and has just had a good loan spell at Aldershot. He was on the bench in the Premier League last season, and has today agreed a one-month loan with Oxford.

Young pro Stuart Moore has been on an England youth goalkeeping training camp, as has Lewis Ward. Dan Lincoln shone for our u18s on their way to the national final last season, and is now getting games under his belt at Farnborough.

Alex Gogic is an American goalie who joined our youth ranks this summer, while George Legg is a first year scholar.

One of Federici's saves from last week.

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