Steven Schumacher has revealed the reasons behind his early
return from Oldham Athletic after the Boundary Park club terminated
his loan spell earlier than expected.
The midfielder signed for the Latics in March, fully expecting
to feature in their fight against relegation from Division Two, but
instead found himself on the sidelines.
It was a frustrating period for the 19-year-old and one he felt
that would be better spent back in familiar surroundings at
"I had a terrible time at Oldham - that's why I'm
back at Everton," he told evertonfc.com.
"They didn't give me a chance. I went there on the
pretence that I was going to play in their first-team, but I
didn't get a look in.
"I was playing reserve games for Oldham, coming against
players far below the standards of those who you play against when
you represent Everton reserves.
"I really wanted to come back earlier, but I had to finish
off the 28 day loan spell, because when you're in your first
month of your deal, you have to stay there."
Schumacher spent a productive loan spell at Carlisle United
earlier in the season and was hoping for more of the same with the
However, he found himself in the tam's reserves and then saw
a potential move to Bury blocked because of the rules surrounding
"It was very frustrating when I found out that Bury were
interested in me, but they couldn't sign me because of the
rules," he said.
"I could have played around 15 first-team games for Bury,
which I would have enjoyed, but instead I was wasting my time at
"It was horrible and without doubt the worst time of my
career. I was there for two weeks on a trial basis, and then they
messed up the loan transfer.
"When they finally signed me, the assistant manager's
brother came back into the side and then Brian Talbot said that he
wanted more experience in his side.
"He brought in a couple of older players, so I wasn't
really given a chance there and I am annoyed and frustrated at what
"I'm in the last year of my contract at Everton, so I
was looking to go out and show David Moyes and other managers that
I can play league football.
"I did get a bit of interest from first and second division
teams when I was playing for our reserve team. I may have a chance
to go somewhere else.
"The manager has told me that Bury are still interested in
me, so I'll be involved in the last few reserve games and
I'll be looking to impress.
"I'm hopeful of getting a club in the summer. I
believe in my own ability and I'm confident that I can still
get a chance.
"The manager still hasn't told me whether I have a
future at Everton yet. He says that I need more games, because
this season has been so stop-start for me.
"I'd love another 12 months here, so that I can prove
that I can play. I still think that I can still do a job