Reading’s Garath McCleary has revealed how close he came to joining Oxford United last January.
The 32-year-old has had a testing season. He started in the doldrums of the squad, unable to get a look-in under Jose Gomes. But the Jamaican international has since rescued his season under Mark Bowen.
He’s now featured 11 times in the Championship, largely coming off the bench, and now faces a summer of adversity with his contract set to expire.
The club is yet to make any approach to McCleary over a new deal, and with an already big squad size it looks likely that he’ll be released in the summer.
McCleary has been with Reading since 2012. He’s made over 250 appearances for the club in that time and has become a firm favourite amongst fans.
This season has been a set-back though. He’s become something of an outcast at the club and it’s been reflected in some average performances.
But he feels he can still prove a point at Championship level, and he could well find another suitor in the second-tier come his Reading release in the summer.
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With all the financial concern going on, it’s unlikely that Reading will offer McCleary another contract.
He could land himself a one-year deal at another Championship club though – he’s a fine player on his day, and could yet have some years left at the higher-levels.