Loan deadline-day movementReading midfielder Jack Stacey has today moved on loan to Sky Bet League 2 outfit Carlisle United on a deal which will keep him at Brunton Park until April 23rd.
Teammate Tariqe Fosu has also completed a move to the same division – he links up with Accrington Stanley on a loan stint until the end of the season. Both loans are subject to the usual ratification by footballing authorities.
Stacey, who spent a stint on loan at Barnet earlier this season, could go straight into action with the Cumbrians as they face two Westcountry clubs over the course of the Easter weekend. First is a trip to Huish Park to meet recently-resurgent Yeovil on Good Friday, before a return to Cumbria to host a Bristol Rovers side which is on course for back-to-back promotions.
Carlisle are likewise targeting a return to League 1 after a two-year hiatus and have employed Jack’s services to help realise their ambitions. The Cumbrians, managed by former Reading and England defender Keith Curle, sit just six points outside the play-off places with a game in hand on the rest of the pack.
Bracknell-born Stacey, now 19, joined Reading’s Academy in 2004 and first signed a pro contract in December 2013. He has six first-team appearances for Reading to his name, and has been a regular for the Under-21s this season – earlier this month he scored a stunning strike against his Tottenham counterparts at Adams Park.
Fosu’s new loan side Accrington are also in the promotion hunt in League 2; they lie just one point off the automatic spots, and are chasing elevation to the third tier for the first time since their 1968 reformation.
The winger has already spent a loan stint in Lancashire this season, as he spent six weeks with League 1 side Fleetwood Town. Fosu could debut for Stanley on Good Friday at home against Jobi McAnuff’s Leyton Orient in a battle between two promotion-hopefuls, before they travel to South Wales to meet Newport on Easter Monday.
Fosu made his sole first-team appearance on the final day of 2014/15 in a 3-0 win at Derby, and like Stacey has been a regular for the Under-21s this term; his stoppage-time penalty at Norwich earlier this week earned Reading a 4-4 draw and a point.
We wish both Jack and Tariqe the very best of luck during their time with their loan clubs.