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Reading FC Loan Report: November 13

The ups and downs of loan watch continue as one Royals striker made an instant impact while one defender faces a bleak future on his current loan assignment.

Harry Engels

Simon Church - Huddersfield (Championship) Appearances: 1

Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield

After just 35 minutes of football this season for Reading it was good to see Churchy get a loan move and the Welsh forward made an immediate impact at new club Huddersfield as he set up their winner at Barnsley.

After the game Church said it was great to be playing first team football again but admitted that he could be leaving Reading on a permanent basis, telling Get Reading.

Perhaps something will happen at the end of it (his loan spell), but that's up to everyone else. I will keep my head down, work hard and take my chances when they come.

With no new contract signed Church will be free to talk to clubs about a free transfer from January 1st.


Joseph Mills - Burnley (Championship) Appearances: 8

Mills hasn't featured under new boss Sean Dyche and after sitting out another two games for Burnley this week, the young left back must be wondering where his future lies. We understand that his loan deal was signed on the basis that he'd be joining permanently in the summer but whether that's an actual clause or a gentleman's agreement remains to be seen. Hopefully it's something he can wriggle out of because at present he might well have more of a future at Reading than Burnley.


Mikkel Andersen - Portsmouth (League 1) Appearances: 17

Bury 2-0 Portsmouth

The young Dane was a surprise omission from Portsmouth's starting lineup against Brentford last Tuesday, however Andersen did earn a recall for Saturday's 2-0 defeat up at Bury. There was little Andersen could do about either goal, with the first coming in a goal mouth scramble and the second from the penalty spot.


Michael Hector - Shrewsbury (League 1) Appearances: 9

Hector's loan spell at Shrewsbury seems to be coming to an early end after his loan club allowed the defender to return to train with the Royals.

Shrews boss Graham Turner spoke about Hector last week.

"I believe Michael has the potential to be a decent central defender and a decent player.

The circumstances have been though that he has made one or two mistakes that have proved to be costly for us.
I had a chat with him about the situation and at present he's better off playing in Reading's reserve side rather than ours.

We decided that he would go back to Reading to train and to play a few games.

He does catch the eye with his reading of the game, his coming out with the ball and his passing it but one or two of the more basic duties he's shown that little lack of experience."

Hector is now back with Reading but can still play for Shrewsbury until the end of January. There was some good news for 'Big Hec' as he came back into Reading's U21 side and kept a clean sheet against Bolton yesterday.


Gozie Ugwu - Yeovil (League 1) Appearances: 4 (+8) Goals: 3

Ugwu is now fit and available after a hamstring injury but has now been forced to sit in the stands as Yeovil have too many loan players on the books. With clubs restricted to six in the squad, Ugwu is the odd man out and didn't feature in either of Yeovil's two games this week.


Lawson D'Ath - Cheltenham (League 2) Appearances: 2 Goals: 1

Bad news for midfielder Lawson D'Ath as his initial loan spell with Cheltenham looks over after picking up a knee injury last week. D'Ath is still waiting for the results of a scan but Cheltenham boss Mark Yates was complimentary about the midfielder.

"We didn't take Lawson on a whim or for one or two games," Yates said. "We like him and we like what he's about so when he's fit, we'll talk to Reading about getting him back."


Karl Sheppard - Accrington (League 2) Appearances: 7(+5) Goals: 1

Like Ugwu, Karl Sheppard was once again left out of Accrington's matchday squads due to his loan club having too many loan players. Sheppard hasn't featured for weeks and with just one goal to his name this year you can't really blame them for leaving out the Irishman.


Brett Williams - Woking (Conference Premier) Appearances: 4(+9) Goals: 1

This one has to be getting up there for one of the worst loan spells ever, from a man who could well be one of the worst signings a Brian McDermott has made.

Williams now regularly can't even get off the bench for a midtable Conference side and it's quite a dramatic rags to riches to rags story from a man who less than 18 months ago was on the Reading bench for a Championship game against Millwall. At a cost of around £25k from a sixth tier side you can't really slam the move as a hopeful punt but whatever Reading's scouts saw in Williams, it seemingly hasn't materialised and at this point you can't see him playing league football yet alone Premier League football.


Ben Jefford - Boreham Wood (Conference South) Appearances (since 06/11/12) 1

HSC: Hitchin 3-0 Boreham Wood

Credit to Evan Collins on Twitter for this one as young Ben Jefford has slipped through our loan radar after the defender joined Conference South side Boreham Wood on loan at the end of September.

Since then Jefford has appeared sporadically but did make an appearance in the FA Cup against Brentford.

This week Jefford didn't feature in their FA Trophy win at Histon but did play a part in Wood's 3-0 defeat at Hitchin in the Hertfordshire Senior Cup.


Matt Partridge - Bognor Regis (Isthmian League - Premier Division) Appearances: 5

FAT: Bognor 1-4 Havant & Waterlooville

Bad news for Matt Partridge as the defender not only saw his team knocked out of the FA Trophy, but also limped out with a foot injury that is likely to keep him out for a couple of weeks. Whether he returns to Reading or extends his loan at Bognor hasn't been confirmed.