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Guthrie: Wiser and stronger

6 August 2013

Midfielder speaks in-depth

Midfielder Danny Guthrie says he wants to be an integral member of Nigel Adkins' squad this season as the Royals aim to achieve promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

Danny was the match winner on our first game of the 13/14 Sky Bet Championship season, marrying up an excellent performance in the middle of the park with the goal that sealed the three points.

The former Newcastle United man has come a long way in a Reading shirt spoke frankly and honestly about his highs and lows at Madejski Stadium so far, and believes that he's a far better player, character and squad member than he was last year.

Openly reflecting on his time in Berkshire so far Danny said to BBC Berkshire, "The start of last season I enjoyed but then obviously I wasn't playing which was difficult for me,"

"No one wants to find themselves in that situation but I've got past that and got through it. It was difficult but it's definitely made me a stronger character.

"I thought that maybe I made myself a few enemies midway through the season. I'm still young, still learning. I made a mistake and I paid for it. I had to be strong and get my head down. I'm always going to work hard, I always want to add my quality to the team.

"We learn from everything and it was definitely something I learned from. It's something I've become more mature about. It's made me a more wiser person. Last season has gone, nothing can be changed. There's no hangover from it and we're excited for this season.

Danny is clearly enjoying working under Adkins and the style of play he has implemented on the side, and feels that in the space of 12 months he has become a much better player on and off the pitch.

"Despite relegation, I feel that I'm a better player than I was when I arrived here last year. I'm learned some new things off this manager - and in the position I play you get better as you get older. I feel I'm in the peak of my career now - physically I feel great.

"I've always had technical ability but I think I've got a bit of nous now. I understand the game a lot better and understand my role a lot better. I'm ready to kick on and I feel it's my responsibility to be a leader to this group because we have younger lads coming in, and it's important to set a good example to them.

"I want to be an integral part of this team. I want to be one of the main leaders when we win, but when we lose I want to take that responsibility - I want to be that character."

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