Sean Morrison was brimming with pride as he reflected on his first ever Premier League appearance for Reading.
The towering centre-back has had to wait a little while for his league debut, but after putting in an impressive performance at QPR, 'Morro' wants to make a breakthrough and keep hold of the shirt.
"The gaffer gave me the shirt today and now it's up to me to keep it," he said. "I knew the first six months I wouldn't have a chance but I've tried to mould myself into the right player and now I hope it's my chance to break through and establish myself as a Reading player.
"When you grow up playing football and then play as a scholar it's what you aim for - the Premier League. I'm really proud of what I've done and I hope it's the first of many.
"I guess playing in the cup game at QPR helped my confidence because I knew who I was up against. You see these players week in week out and you know they're world class.
"It was a good point - loads of teams come here and leave with nothing or just a point, so it's not a bad result. But it's always the aim of a back four and goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet. We've not managed to do that, we're working towards it and hopefully it will come on Saturday against Norwich."
Focusing on that next game, against Norwich at the Madejski Stadium, Morrison says there's plenty of confidence amongst the side and believes it's just a matter of time until the Royals start winning matches.
"Every game is winnable," he added. "We'll be going into the game with confidence and we'll be doing our best to get three points.
"The games against the teams in and around you are especially important - and between now and Christmas we'll be doing everything we can to get points on the board.
"We don't feel like it's a weight on our shoulders. There's a lot of games to go and I'm sure we'll pick up our wins soon. You don't want to look too far ahead - just focus on the next game."