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INTERVIEW: Challenge to look forward to

5 November 2013

Max Ehmer on his loan spell

New arrival Max Ehmer spoke to us this afternoon about what he wants from his loan spell at Brunton Park.

“I first heard about the move on Saturday night,” he said. “Marc Bircham pulled me to one side and he told me that Carlisle were interested. I spoke to the gaffer up here and it all moved on from there.

“It was all agreed on Monday morning so I came up here last night as soon as I’d finished my session with QPR.”

“I’m here to play games,” he told us. “I’m here to better myself and the team, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. 

“I’ve had a number of loan spells at this level before with Yeovil, Preston and Stevenage so I have quite a few games under my belt. It’s a level I’m familiar with and I’m just looking forward to getting on with it. 

“I’m not really the type to suffer from too many nerves when I come to a new place – I just seem to take it all in my stride. It definitely helps that I’ve got here, trained and then we’re going into a game tonight. You don’t get too much time to think about anything other than being ready for the match. There’s no guarantee the manager will pick me but I know I have to be prepared if he does.”

“I’ve been working hard at QPR so I feel ready for it,” he continued. “I met all the lads this morning and they’ve been great with me. My preferred position is as a centre back so hopefully I’ll fit into the group there and do a job for them.

“I’m here for an initial month and I’m looking forward to playing as many games as I can. It’s up to the two managers to decide if it should go further than that. All I can do is play my football, and take the opportunity I’ve been given, by doing things properly one game at a time. To be playing in games for points when it really matters is what it’s all about so, like I say, I’m really looking forward to it.”

On his background, he said: “I was born in Germany and both my parents are German. I moved over here when I was three because of my dad’s job and I signed for QPR when I was eleven. Obviously that means I’ve been with them for a long time.

“I’ve had a lot of good times and not so good times with them but I think the club is on the rise again. We’re doing well and hopefully we’ll go up this season. It’s great to train with the likes of Sean Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton and the tempo when you play with players like that is always very high. 

“I signed a deal with them until 2016 so it’s good to have that security. It means I can come out and play games and hopefully do enough to keep myself in the manager’s eye. I think you do have something to prove when you come out on a loan like this, particularly when it’s from a club like QPR, but that’s part and parcel of the game. It’s definitely a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

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