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21 September 2012

Shorey returns to his former club

Royals full-back Nicky Shorey is excited by the prospect of three matches in eight days – with one of his former clubs up first.

The Romford-born defender had a smile on his previewed Saturday’s West Brom clash – but is wary of the threat that Steve Clarke’s side will pose.

“I’m really looking forward to go back to the Hawthorns,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of good friends there and the fans were always good to me. 

“I’m looking forward to going back but I realise how tough it’s going to be – especially with Longy up front for them. They go about their business very well and have started the season brightly so we’ll have to be on the top of our game to get a result.”

Shorey was keen to put the Spurs defeat firmly behind the Royals and focus on Saturday’s trip to the Baggies.

“We’ve had to shake off that defeat and get on with it. Thankfully the games come thick and fast so we can try and put it behind us.

“We’ve got three games in a week coming up so hopefully I’ll be involved in at least one of them. You need to get a few games under your belt to get up to full fitness - you can train as much as you like but there’s nothing like competitive football to get you up to scratch.”

It has been a week to reflect on our Academy products – with Hal Robson-Kanu scoring the club’s home-grown Academy goal, Jem Karacan signing a contract extension and the introduction of the new scholars. And Shorey, a 21-year-old when he signed for Reading, was quick to praise the Academy system.

He added, “I know the lads from when they were really young, and to see them now as fully fledged professionals playing for us is great for the club and shows the great work that the coaches and Academy. 

“It’s so pleasing that the club can still produce great players and it’s something that will only help the club in the long-term.”

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