Aaron McCarey is confident his loan spell with York City will be another stage of his goalkeeping development to ensure he is ready to grab his opportunity when it arrives with Wolves.
The 21-year-old from Monaghan has joined the Sky Bet League Two outfit until January 4th, getting off to the ideal start by keeping a clean sheet in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Rochdale.
McCarey has served as cover to Carl Ikeme during Wayne Hennessey’s loan spell with Yeovil, but with the Welshman now back the opportunity has arisen for more first team experience to build on a similar spell with Walsall last season and his Wolves debut – against the Saddlers - in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
But his long-term future is set for Molineux having signed a new two-and-a-half year contract last week.
“It is good for me to get back to playing league football,” says McCarey.
“I haven’t really played much this year so it was good to get some game time under my belt and to start with a clean sheet was an added bonus.
“Rochdale had been doing well and York not as well as they would have liked but the lads had been saying that they had been unlucky in the previous few games.
“It could have been all three points in the end but it was still a draw against a team towards the top of League Two and a clean sheet which I was happy with.
“I really enjoyed being back playing and am looking forward to the next few games.
“I’m there until January 4th and there are a good few games in a short space of time.
“Hopefully it will be more valuable experience for me and I can come back a better keeper.
“The timing was right for me to go out and get some meaningful game time and some more experience.
“It was an ideal opportunity for me especially coming after I’d signed a new contract with Wolves.
“I was really happy to sign the new contract.
“As soon as the club mentioned they were going to offer me a deal it was never in doubt as to what I was going to do.
“I’ve been here four years now and I have really enjoyed my time and am looking forward to the next couple of years.
“It’s great that the gaffer and everyone else involved has shown that they want me here and hopefully I can be part of a successful few years to come.”
Head Coach Kenny Jackett has regularly spoken about the quality of Wolves’ three senior goalkeepers, whilst much is also expected of the current Under-21 keeper Jonathan Flatt, who has been on the bench three times so far.
It makes for a tough old test for McCarey to try and dislodge either Ikeme or Hennessey, but he knows he must remain patient and ensure he is ready and able when his chance arrives.
“That’s life for a goalkeeper!” he says of the competition.
“Carl and Wayne are superb keepers and I have got a tough job on my hands but I will keep training as hard as I can and keep pushing.
“I have been learning a lot off them every day and off Pat Mountain as well and am really enjoying working with them and trying to improve.
“You do have to be patient as a young goalkeeper but I will carry on working hard and it is not as difficult to wait for a chance when the team are doing so well.
“My challenge is to make sure that when my time does come I will be ready because of all the hard work I have put in.
“And hopefully that won’t be too far away.
“In the meantime I am concentrating on developing even more as a goalkeeper and working as hard as I can every day in training which will hopefully get me the rewards further down the line.
“A loan spell can bring in valuable matchday experience and that, along with working with these top keepers, should make sure that when the chance does come at Wolves that I will be ready and not be fazed by it.”