Loan Watch - April 11

Harry Engels

Ok... so it's been a while. With McDermott sacked the loan watch got a little off track but here is a bumper edition for you, recapping the main points of the past few weeks.

Kaspars Gorkss - Wolves (Championshp) Appearances: 10

Gorkss has been part of a Wolves team that has won four of it's last six games to edge out of the relegation zone. While Dean Saunders side haven't keep a clean sheet, the defender has played a key role in their resurgence, starting each game in the recent good run.

*****

Jay Tabb - Ipswich (Championship) Appearances: 4(+1)

Would it surprise you to know Tabby hasn't scored yet? The midfielder joined Ipswich on loan at the beginning of March and has gone on to play five times for Mick McCarthy's side, starting four times before dropping down to the bench a trip to Millwall. Tabb was also recognised for his efforts with a place in the Championship's team of the week for the 16th and 17th of March.

*****

Joseph Mills - Burnley (Championship) Appearances: 10 (+1)

After four long months without first team action, Mills finally got a game for Burnley, coming on a 60th minute sub for Ben Mee against Forest before starting in a 3-1 win over Bristol City. Mills certainly made an impact, against Forest, getting booked but setting up Stanislas to put the home side in front. Hopefully Mills can now get a run in the side but with the man who dumped him at Southampton now at Reading, you'd still say his Reading FC future is very bleak.

*****

Jordan Obita - Oldham (League 1) Appearances: 6 (+4) Goals: 1

Obita's loan spell kind of fizzled out after an impressive start, just as it did at Portsmouth at the start of the campaign. Obita was restrcited to a couple of substitute appearances towards the end of his time at Boundary Park and has now returned to Reading.

*****

Jake Taylor - Crawley (League 1) Appearances: 4

Taylor played three more times for Crawley since our last report, before returning to the club after his month ended. After a solid start, Taylor also struggled to make a decisive impact and after four loan clubs in the past two seasons, he'll be hoping to make an impression on new boss Nigel Adkins.

*****

Michael Hector - Cheltenham (League 2) Appearances: 15 Goals: 0

Big Hec will be staying at Cheltenham until the end of the season after extending his loan spell. The defender has played 15 times for the Robins and has helped them to three clean sheets in their last five games, to help his side to fifth in League Two.

*****

Lawson D'Ath - Exeter (League 2) Appearances: 4 (+1) Goals: 1

D'Ath has gone off to Exeter on loan and made an immediate impact by scoring on his debut in a 4-1 win against Phil Parkinson's Bradford City. Sadly he's not been on a winning side since as Exeter have gone on a run of fur straight defeats to leave them outside the play-off places. He's received mixed views so far from the Exeter faithful, but was praised for his desire in the recent defeat to Plymouth. With Reading's midfield situation far from stable, a good run till the end of the season could well get D'Ath in and around the first team squad next season.

*****

Angus MacDonald - Torquay (League 2) Appearances: 10 (+4)

Not the happiest of times to be at Torquay who endured a miserable run of going 11 without a win and in all have now won just three games since December 8th, even Reading have managed more then that. MacDonald has established himself as a regular now but he hasn't been able to help his side stop the slide and they're now in real danger of once again dropping out of the Football League.

****

Gozie Ugwu - Plymouth (League 2) Appearances: 2 (+4)

More injury woes for Ugwu who has returned to Reading after more hamstring problems. Here's hoping the summer does his some good after a miserable season spent largely on the treatment table.

*****

Karl Sheppard - Shamrock Rovers (League of Ireland - Premier Division) - Appearances: 3 (+2)

Five games for Sheppard but still no goal as the Irishman's miserable year continues. Like many others he'd have been hoping a good loan spell catches the eye of the new Reading manager but so far it's been anything but.

*****

Brett Williams - Woking (Conference Premier) Appearances: 13 (+15) Goals: 4 Red Cards: 1

Yeah, he's still there all right....

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