Luke McGee speaks candidly on his time in the Portsmouth cold before joining Bradford

Luke McGee has opened up about his time in the Pompey cold.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 4:14 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th January 2020, 4:15 pm

The keeper got his desired move away from Fratton Park earlier this month when he joined Bradford on loan for the remainder of the season.

Signing from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee in July 2017, McGee was No1 stopper during his maiden season at the Blues, making 50 appearances.

But he lost his starting spot to Craig MacGillivray the following summer, before the progress of Alex Bass pushed McGee even further down the pecking order.

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As a consequence, the 24-year-old didn’t play a competitive game for more than a year before completing his switch to Valley Parade.

And while McGee found it difficult being on the periphery of things at PO4, he knew sulking could have scuppered a potential move elsewhere.

He told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: ‘You’ve got to take it on the chin. You may not think it is right but there’s one person making that decision, the manager, and you have to accept that and get on with your work.

‘It’s definitely not easy but there isn’t much you can do about it. You can throw your arms in the air and let your head drop but the situation isn’t going to change unless that someone wants it to.

Luke McGee. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘So, there’s no point in moaning about it, throwing a strop and sacking it off for a year.

'Do that and then when you do get a chance, you’re going to be a year behind where you should have been. You’ve just got to stay positive and wait for your time.

‘You’ve got to do your stuff for the boys first because they are your club and want them to do well. Then you do the bits after for yourself.

‘You do sit there and think, “I want that to be me”, but then you’ve got to keep it at the back of your mind, “it will be me’ somewhere and I’ve got to be ready for when that time comes”.

‘Word can get around very quickly. Everybody knows someone at every single club, so it’s pointless throwing your arms and sacking it off at one place because it can hinder you at the next one that might have been a good opportunity.

‘There’s no point in killing yourself in that aspect. You’ve got to do firstly what’s best for the club and in the hours after, what’s best for yourself and go from there.’

McGee’s made three appearances for Bradford so far as they push for League Two promotion.

He added: ‘I was thankful for the opportunity and now I want to repay that.

‘I’ll just take it game-by-game now, get back into it, pick up some results and do well for the team and myself. First and foremost, it’s about the team and the results.

‘Now that I’m here, I’m physically and mentally happy with where I’m at to now go and do a job for the team and hopefully push them on to where they want to go.’