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🧤 Southwood on league debut, new deal and Huddersfield point

Keeper filled with pride despite draw following first Championship outing

10 May 2021

Royals keeper Luke Southwood was left hungry for more after he registered his league debut for the club during our final day draw at home to Huddersfield Town.

The shot-stopper, who has had to wait patiently for his chances, started the season with a debut in the cup, and ended it by achieving the same feat, with a first appearance banked in the Championship.

Despite admitting that he wished he had done better to prevent the Terriers from levelling late on at 2-2, Southwood’s overwhelmingly feeling was that of pride.

He said: "It’s something that I’ve wanted to happen since I was eight, when I joined the club. I’ve got mixed emotions because I think I should have saved their second goal but that’s part of the job. But I’m delighted to make my league debut for the club.

"My aim at the start of the season was to put my mark down and hopefully get a new deal – hopefully this gives me the platform now to push on, get games and hopefully make myself the number one.

"This is what I love doing, I want to play games – it’s been a frustrating season in terms of a lack of games but when I get my chances I’m delighted to play."


The 23-year-old alluded to challenges faced by goalkeepers, and the importance of being ready for your opportunity week in, week out - despite deputising to a teammate who occupies the spot between the sticks.

He added: "It was good, as a goalie it’s hard when you don’t play, it’s all about getting that run of games and getting into form but I loved every second of it.

"I’ve watched the lads all year and they've been brilliant, so to be behind them today was something I’ve aimed for and been trying to achieve for a long time.

"It’s a difficult role being a number two for the season, because you’ve got to keep yourself ready and take your chances when they come, but it’s also hard because you do have that lack of games to make sure you’re 100% ready.

"This was just a taster for me today, but this is what I want, what I want to do and what I’m all about. I’ll take some time to rest and then start building back up to come in flying next season."

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