Alex Pearce says everyone is champing at the bit to get going in the top flight.
The big defender is pleased with Reading’s pre-season which culminated in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, and Pearce just wants the season to start now.
“The feeling around the place is buzzing. The weather’s great, everyone’s optimistic and we’re all looking forward to the start of the season.
“We had a good pre-season, some decent work-outs in Portugal. Since we came back, we had some solid team performances at Brighton and against Palace and it was great to get the win.
“I’m confident that we’ll do well as our pre-season has given everyone a lift. Everyone’s looking sharp and we’re all raring to go.”
With a number of impressive signings, the 2011/12 Player of the Season knows that there is strong competition for places but says that the whole squad will be united ahead of a tough clash with Stoke.
“Obviously, the manager picks the team and he’s got very good players to pick from. Last year we all did very well and we want to continue that as a group. It’s not just about who starts, it’s about the entire group working together and supporting whichever eleven is picked.
“Everyone knows what they’ve got to offer - there a physical team with height and strength. We know how they play but we will still analyse them on Thursday and Friday. It’s more about what we do though, and imposing our own game on them effectively.”