Schumacher's Agony

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 Bellefield.

"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 Lancashire club.

However, he found himself in the tam's reserves and then saw a potential move to Bury blocked because of the rules surrounding loan signings.

"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 Oldham.

"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 happened there.

"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 here."

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