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McCarthy delighted to sign new deal
Saints keeper looks ahead after committing his future to St Mary's.
Video: McCarthy on new Saints contract
Alex McCarthy speaks after signing a new Saints deal until 2022
McCarthy pens new four-year deal
Goalkeeper extends St Mary's stay until 2022.
McCarthy: Fans got us through
Saints' stopper hails the support of the fans during difficult season.
McCarthy named Player of the Season
Saints keeper wins fans' and players' prizes.
McCarthy: We never lost faith
Saints stopper praises the belief in camp after securing Premier League safety.
Video: McCarthy reflects on season
Watch the Saints keeper speak after the end of the season.
McCarthy on taking positivity into Everton
Saints stopper on a big week ahead.
Video: McCarthy on vital three points
Watch our interview with Saints' keeper after win over Cherries.
McCarthy: Grit and determination
Saints stopper praises steely performance in Bournemouth win.
McCarthy loving extended run
Goalkeeper enjoying responsibility as Saints' last line of defence.
McCarthy: That shows our spirit
Goalkeeper believes last-gasp leveller prove Saints never give up.
Video: McCarthy on Burnley draw
Watch the keeper reflect on a point at Turf Moor.
McCarthy seizing his chance
Saints stopper savouring latest first-team call-up
Video: McCarthy grasping opportunity
Saints stopper keen to improve league position after solidifying place in starting XI.
Palace reunion "massive" for McCarthy
Goalkeeper not underestimating importance of meeting with former club.
Alex McCarthy Saints HistoryLast updated 14 Aug 2018
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Alex McCarthy BiographyLast updated 03 Aug 2018
Former clubs: Reading, Woking (loan) Aldershot (loan), Cambridge United (loan), Yeovil (loan), Brentford (loan), Leeds (loan), Ipswich (loan), QPR, Crystal Palace.
Guildford-born McCarthy came through the ranks at Reading’s academy where he eventually earned first team football following numerous spells out on loan.
Although often away from his parent club after turning professional, McCarthy was highly regarded by the Royals’ hierarchy, and was initially called up to represent England Under-21s in 2009 before making his first appearance at that level a year later.
He made his football league debut as a 19 year-old with Aldershot Town and completed the 2008/09 season at Brentford.
A season-long loan to Yeovil Town saw him play 44 league games and keep 12 clean sheets. He also faced up to Southampton for the first time towards the end of that campaign where he was on the end of a 1-0 defeat at Huish Park as Lee Barnard scored a late winner against him.
He joined Brentford again in 2010 but soon returned to Reading as understudy to Adam Federici. When Federici picked up an injury at the turn of the year, McCarthy took his chance with a series of impressive performances, but when the Royals’ first choice ‘keeper returned, the youngster went back out on loan the following season.
The first half of the 2011/12 season was spent at Elland Road with Leeds United to cover for injured shot stopper Andy Lonergan. Midway through the campaign, McCarthy moved on to Ipswich Town following Lonergan’s recovery.
Premier League debut
Regular game time saw McCarthy return to Reading for the start of their return to the Premier League and although he was initially second choice to Federici again, the Australian’s loss of form early on in the campaign gave McCarthy an opportunity to stake his claim.
Despite being forced to miss a chunk of the season with a shoulder injury, he came back and produced some outstanding displays towards the end of the campaign including a memorable clean sheet recorded against Liverpool.
His performances earned a call up to the senior England squad during 2013 for friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil, where he first encountered Southampton’s Head of Goalkeeping Dave Watson.
Staying in the Premier League
McCarthy stayed at the club following the R’s relegation back to the Championship, but earned a move back to the Premier League when he was snapped up by Queens Park Rangers following their promotion back to the top-flight.
After one season at Loftus Road, McCarthy moved across London to join Crystal Palace in the summer of 2015, but cut short his time at Selhurst Park to join up with Southampton, and Watson, on a three-year contract following the departure of Paulo Gazzaniga on loan to Rayo Vallecano.
McCarthy's first Saints appearance came in a Checkatrade Trophy clash with Charlton Athletic in August 2016.