Jason Roberts has a number of reasons to look forward to next Tuesday's friendly down at Brighton. The game is a testimonial for goalkeeper Michel Kuipers, and gives the Royals a chance to further step up their pre-season preparations, while Jason can also renew his friendship with Michel.
Roberts recalled, "I was 22 and at Bristol Rovers when Michel came over from the Dutch marines. He wasn't your typical goalkeeper! He was some specimen of a man, probably had the best top half I'd ever seen but needed a bit of work on his legs! He had a real instant impact and we all got on really well. He had a great work ethic and I'm really happy he's had such a good career, he's been successful so it's great he's got a testimonial game.
"For us, it'll be interesting going there in a friendly after the battle of a game we had last season, when we were slightly fortunate to come out with a result. They played some good stuff, missed a penalty but as in a lot of games we just had that steely determination and came out winners. We know they're a good side, I think they'll have a good season and have got a good philosophy. It'll be a test in front of hopefully a full house for Michel."
The game is all-ticket for Royals fans and seats are on general sale now - call 0844 249 1871, visit the Madejski Stadium ticket office or www.readingfcdirect.co.uk
Ticket prices are: Adults £15, Over 65s £12, Under 16s £6. Our fans will be in the west stand lower tier, block A.