Joe Lumley details the biggest factor in his loan switch from Middlesbrough to Reading

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Joe Lumley says the opportunity to play regular football was the main factor in his decision to join Reading on loan. After a disappointing campaign at Middlesbrough, such game-time was not going to be an option had he remained on Teesside.

The 27-year-old joined Reading at the end of last week on a season-long loan from Boro just 12 months after moving to the Riverside on a free transfer from QPR. Neil Warnock brought the shot-stopper in last summer in an attempt to improve the club’s options in between the sticks after a disappointing loan spell from Marcus Bettinelli the season before.

But Lumley struggled to establish himself at the club, with his performance against Tottenham in the FA Cup a rare standout performance in an otherwise error-ridden season. Conceding costly and avoidable goals, Lumley was dropped at various points in the season by both Warnock and his successor Chris Wilder.

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And with Wilder now looking to rebuild his squad this summer for Boro to hopefully push for promotion to the Premier League in the upcoming season, he made clear to Lumley that he did not feature as part of his plans. And with that in mind, Boro swiftly found Lumley a loan move to Reading, clearing the decks for a new arrival in the goalkeeping department this summer.

And for Lumley, the chance to join the Royals meant playing first-team football, which was the key factor in his decision to accept Wilder’s notion that it was better he moved on. Speaking to the Reading club website after joining the club, he said: “It was pretty much at the end of the season really [that he learned about the move] and I jumped at the chance.

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“It’s another chance to play another season in a top league and see what we can achieve. Playing Championship football at a top club with some great players and a great manager was a real factor in my decision, and I’ve heard great things about I know a few of the lads here.

“It’s a big opportunity for me and I want to play 46 games in the Championship this year and do well for the team. I love a new challenge, and as they say, one door closes and another opens. Football is a crazy game and you can go one place one year and then be somewhere else the next year. But it’s all part and parcel of your career.

“I know this is always a really tough place to come and playing for Middlesbrough last year against Reading they were both really tough games. In the game at the Madjeski I should have scored in the last minute as well. It’s a tough league and this year will be different because of what’s going on with the World Cup. But I can not wait to get going and get started with pre-season. ”

It’s not known if Lumley will be able to play all 46 games. Loan deals usually come with clauses that prevent the player in question playing against their parent club, which would mean at most Lumley could only play 44 games as he’d be forced to sit out the two clashes with Boro. However, such clauses are determined by the parent club and can be waived.

Either way, Lumley is hoping a fresh start will do him good as he looks to establish himself as a Championship number one having failed to do so on Teesside. Asked what Reading fans could expect from him, he replied: “I’m a big goalie and I like to dominate my box with a big presence. I feel I organize really well through good communication and obviously, I try to make big match-winning saves for the team.

“I want to play 46 games and every player should be the same. I’ll do my absolute best here and give it my all and that’s all you can do. I believe in my ability, I believe in myself, and I believe in speaking to people here that we can achieve something this season. ”

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