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A Midtjy Move For Mikkel

News of another confirmed departure for Reading, with Danish stopper Mikkel Andersen finding a new club in his homeland.

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Following on from news back in May that he wouldn't be offered a new deal 'at this stage', it has today been confirmed that the 'keeper has indeed moved on. The 26 year-old has agreed a deal with FC Midtjylland - the reigning league champions in his homeland of Denmark - moving on a free transfer.

Despite often being talked up as a bright prospect for the future, Andersen's career never really kicked off in Berkshire. Since arriving during our first Premier League stint under Steve Coppell (yes, he was really here that long!), the big Dane was loaned out to the likes of Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth, and Danish club Randers. Ironically, before Alex McCarthy's promotion to first team football, many Reading fans had seen Andersen as the most likely successor to Adam Federici. For a detailed look at his time at the club from 2011, you can read this piece from the archives here.

As for this season, Andersen did finally get his big chance in the first team. With Adam Federici ruled out of a trip to Sheffield Wednesday early in the season, his Danish understudy stepped in. We lost 1-0 that day, with Andersen going on make a handful more appearances in the season. However, it was very clear that it would have taken a big disruption to knock Adam Federici out of the first team - such was the form of the Aussie in the 2014/15 campaign.

Speaking about his departure, Andersen had this to say...

"There is a special football culture in England, which supports a winning mentality. So I expect I come with a freshness and new energy to FC Midtjylland. England has given me some resilience and a necessary cynicism to succeed."

The 'sports director' at his new club, Claus Steinleins, was similarly pleased to announce the signing...

"Mikkel is a great talent and a good player. We expect that we can develop him further. He knows his role and knows that [Johan] Dahlin is in front of him [in the pecking order at Midtjylland]. But we promise him fair competition, and he is ready to take up the fight."

Those quotes certainly suggest that Andersen didn't feel like he got a fair chance in Berkshire - or at least that's what I interpret from the phrase 'necessary cynicism'. That said, with it being made clear to him that he won't have an easy task getting regular football, it's surprising that he opted to battle it out with another established international goalkeeper.

It goes without saying that confirmation of this deal adds some pressure onto the powers that be at Reading to bring in some senior goalkeepers. Many of us felt that, with a decent enough chance at the club, Andersen could have made a very good number one. Unfortunately though, it wasn't to be.

All of us at the Tilehurst End wish Mikkel the very best of luck for the future, wherever his career may take him.