Harper Seeks Loan Exit

Last updated : 13 September 2002 By Rob Cooper

Harper nets against Cambridge last season.
Harper nets against Cambridge last season.
The 21-year-old, who was signed from Arsenal in March 2001, started the first two games of the season but has since fallen out of favour due to Andy Hughes Kevin Watson's good form.

Harper, who is considered the best player technically at the club, has been accused by many at the club of trying to hard when he goes out onto the field - and therefore not utilising his immense ability.

The midfielder admits that Alan Pardew is right to pick Kevin Waton and Andy Hughes ahead of him as the have being playing good football.

"Ovbiously I want to be playing, but Hughsey and Kev are keeping me out so it's fair enough," explained Harper, speaking to readingfc.co.uk.

"I've not had a moan-up, I've got on with it, good attitude, kept my head down, been dropping a few skills here and there, that's all you can do. Ovbiously I want to play so I'll try to get out on loan."

On the midweek Worthington Cup defeat at Cambridge Harper added: "Sometimes a bad game gives you a kick up the backside because you know what you need to do to improve. Ovbiously no one wants to lose a game but it could be a blessing in disguise.

Did You Know? James Harper scored the first goal against Rotherham on his debut during the Royals' 2-0 win on 3rd March 2001.