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Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 18:09 GMT
Chadwick keen to extend loan
Luke Chadwick
Chadwick is keen to play first-team football

Manchester United's Luke Chadwick is keen to stay at Reading after his one-month loan deal expires.

Chadwick joined the Royals last week but after scoring against Gillingham on Monday he said: "I hope I can stay here longer than that."

Chadwick was inspired to join Reading after seeing a three-month spell at the Madejski Stadium revive Matthew Upson's career.

"I know that Matty had a great loan spell when he came from Arsenal and just a few weeks later he has made it into the England squad," said Chadwick.

"Reading is a big club with a beautiful stadium and if I get the chance to extend my loan period here then I will be happy to do so."

Reading boss Alan Pardew snapped up the 22-year-old star from under the noses of Cardiff.

Lennie Lawrence had been confident of securing a deal for the out-of-favour Chadwick.

But their hesitance allowed Reading to move for the Old Trafford star.

Chadwick has made just five first-team appearances for United this season and is keen to play first-team football.

United had high hopes that Chadwick would be the latest in a long line of stars to progress from their youth ranks when he broke into the first team as a 20-year-old.

A loan spell at Royal Antwerp helped him earn the experience to break into United's first-team, but chances have been few and far between for the pacy winger.

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