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Gaffer keeping a ‘close eye’ on promotion-hunting loanees

21 April 2016

Manager discusses soon-to-return loan players

Reading boss Brian McDermott affirmed that he and the coaching staff at Reading have been paying particularly close attention to the ongoing progress of our outbound loanees during their temporary spells away from the club – and hopes that some of those Academy graduates return to the club with a promotion on their CV.

Those individuals continue to impress for their clubs – highlighted in no small part by goals for Tariqe Fosu and Jack Stacey in midweek, who are representing Accrington and Carlisle respectively in League 2.

Dominic Samuel could help the Kent club to promotion from League 1 to the Championship if they maintain their play-off position, while Fosu (Accrington, 2nd) and Craig Tanner (Plymouth, 4th) each have designs on elevation from League 2.

Meanwhile midfielder Stacey continues to get match experience for the Cumbrians, while a tough campaign at Dagenham & Redbridge – whose relegation to the National League has now been confirmed – continues to provide learning opportunities for Dom Hyam.

“We’re keeping a close eye on those players – we’ve brought Hayden Mullins into the club, who used to play for me here, to look after our loan players and make sure they are getting looked after,” Brian said.

“There are a few of those boys looking to get promotion this year with their teams that they are on loan to.

“They’re our players – they belong to us and they want to play for Reading.  I spoke to Dominic Samuel the other day and he wants to play for Reading.  Craig Tanner will be the same, and so will Jack Stacey and Tariqe Fosu – all of them.

“They’ll come back into our environment in the summer.  They’re another year older and they’ve had that experience.

“I understand that some people want them to come back now, but why would you bring Craig back when he has got the chance to get promotion with Plymouth, or Dominic with Gillingham, or Tariqe with Accrington?  Hopefully they can come back with promotions under their belts – we would never want to take those valuable experiences away from them.”

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