TITLE

Garath's big break

AUTHOR(S)
SAM CUNNINGHAM
PUB. DATE
October 2012
SOURCE
Daily Mail;10/29/2012, p69
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
GARATH McCLEARY is not a name many would have heard of until the Reading winger scored his first Premier League goal against Fulham. But his could so easily have been a name no one had ever heard of. Six years ago the 25-year-old suffered a broken leg and almost decided to quit football and go to university. Playing so much as a teenager meant he developed a stress fracture and he thought his dream career was over. But former club Bromley helped him, and he was then picked up by Nottingham Forest four seasons ago. He agreed a threeyear deal at Reading in the summer, and came off the bench to score their second in Saturday's 3-3 draw at home to Fulham. McCleary said: 'I was really close to packing it in. I was 19 and at Bromley. It was only down to them I recovered. I'm just so glad that people persuaded me not to give up and I continued to follow my dream.' Hal Robson-Kanu's lastminute goal clinched a point for Reading. Mikele Leigertwood's drive gave the Royals a half-time lead, but Fulham fought back through Bryan Ruiz and Chris Baird before McCleary levelled. Dimitar Berbatov looked to have snatched the win for Fulham, but Robson-Kanu poked home.
ACCESSION #
82847048

 

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