Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carter Reveals Debt to McCarthy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carter Reveals Debt to McCarthy

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Darren Carter has thanked Mick McCarthy for helping to revive his stagnating career after admitting that his three months on Wearside could prove to be the turning point in his bid to establish himself as a Premiership player.

The midfielder returned to Birmingham last week and, having played a key role as Steve Bruce's side completed a memorable West Midlands derby triumph at Villa Park at the weekend, Carter is determined to finally make his mark in the top flight.

McCarthy has refused to rule out the possibility of making a fresh bid to re-sign a player who made a major impact during a successful loan spell at Sunderland but he knows Carter's elevation to first-team action at St Andrews ( he played the full 90 minutes against Aston Villa ( will count against him.

And, although the 20-year-old has told the Black Cats boss that he is grateful all he has done for him, he has no plans to return to the North-East having outlined his desire to prove himself at his hometown club.

"Sunderland was what I needed," explained the England Under-20 international who, prior to Sunday, had not started a Premiership fixture for almost 12 months.

"I had had two seasons where I hadn't been playing and it was great to get some competitive first-team games at last.

"It boosted my confidence no end and it helped me to get the match sharpness back. I feel properly prepared for games now and if I had had to go in (and face Villa) from the reserves, I wouldn't have had the same foundation."

McCarthy had been keen to retain Carter's services for the remainder of the campaign ( and perhaps beyond ( and the popular midfielder would have had no qualms about remaining on Wearside had it not been for Bruce's intervention.

The Black Cats have got until December 31 to strike a new loan deal but it seems such a bid would now fall on deaf ears. …

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