Alex Simon McCarthy is an English football player who is a goalkeeper for Reading. A product of the Reading academy, he joined Conference National team Cambridge United on work experience on 26 March 2008 and made his debut two days later in a 3–0 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers. On 2 February 2009, he was on a month's loan with Aldershot Town. He also played with League One team Yeovil on loan until January 2010, during which McCarthy played 44 of their 46 league games keeping all 12 of their clean sheets. Having played on loan with a number of teams, he finally joined Brentford for the first month of the season 2010-11 and played in the FA Cup against Everton. Thereafter, he signed on with Leeds United for a one month loan on November 4th 2011. On January 21st 2012, he joined Ipswich Town until the end of the season. McCarthy has also represented England U21's and was named as part of the 31 man squad to face both Denmark in Viborg and Iceland at Deep Dale, Preston.