From Ken Gaunt
Jason Bristow believes Stuart Moore is the best goalkeeper in the Conference South “by a long shot”.
The onloan Reading rookie has been named Player of the Year by Basingstoke supporters and picked up his award last weekend. Moore, 20, is due to make his 44th appearance for the club on Saturday when they travel to Weston-super-Mare.
Basingstoke manager Bristow said: ”I have not got enough good words to say about Stuart. He has been fantastic for us. “He is the best goalkeeper in the league by a long shot. He has a very bright future ahead of him. He certainly deserves his award. Stuart has saved us many times. He is very good at shotstopping and is commanding in his area. His professionalism and attitude have been spot on from day one. That is really important. Sometimes when players come in from professional clubs they are not quite as committed to the cause”.
“Maybe they do not feel part of the group. But he has been accepted by the players and the supporters because of the type of person he is.”
Moore will return to his parent club once the playoffs are over as will another promising Reading player, central defender Rob Dickie. Bristow added: “It is a strange one, really, a season long loan. We are going to have to replace Stuart next season and he is leaving with some big shoes to fill. It is going to be hard to find a goalkeeper as good as him. “