Transfer update: loan deadline day.By: Ben | March 24th, 2011
With our defensive injuries beginning to dwindle, two defenders have left on loan.
Sean Morrison has gone back to League 1, this time to promotion hopefuls Huddersfield. Morrison joined us from Swindon in January, but is yet to feature for the first team. He’s off to Huddersfield for the rest of the season, and it’ll do both the club and Sean a world of good if he gets some games under his belt. Sean told Huddersfield’s website; “I first heard about this move around a week ago, but at the time Reading had a few injuries and weren’t too keen on letting me go. However, the international break is giving a few of the other centre backs the chance to regain fitness, so this is a great chance for me to come and play games and hopefully help Huddersfield on their way to promotion… Reading brought me in during January so that I can get used to the place, but with one eye on next season; now I am here I want to play as much as possible and show everyone what I can do.”
Looking forward to next season already, he’s got the potential to be a rock at the back.
Another one is Marcus Williams, who’s returned to Scunthorpe on loan for the rest of this season. He departed Glanford Park in the summer for free, but has only managed 5 starts for the Royals, enjoying a run in the first team right in the starting weeks of the season before the arrival of Ian Harte. When Marcus arrived, I was slightly apprehensive about his quality, but with Harte getting on a bit, this loan may well be what Marcus needs to kick on. Cummings was the same, not great, but even he has advanced to prove his skills. Williams has said he’s just looking to play, but remains confident in his future at Reading: “I’m happy to be back. When you’re coming into an environment you’re not used to, it’s much harder to settle in. I got injured early on in the season and it didn’t go as well as I expected. I came back and the team was doing well, and getting results, so there was a bit of bad luck there. That’s all I can put it down to really. We can’t really dwell on it. I’ve got to look to the future now. I’m still very much a Reading player, and a loan move here gives me the chance to show what I can do again. It’s a great opportunity for me to put myself back into the Reading manager’s eye. It’s good for me that I will hopefully be playing first team football at this level again.”
With the international break upon us, Mills, Pearce, Ingimarsson and Griffin have a chance to recover and ease our injury crisis. I think both today’s loans will aid the club’s advances in the future, but with teams strengthening all around us, maybe the club should’ve looked to bring someone in. Only time will tell as the season end arrives.