Jason's road to recoveryJason Roberts says his aim is to win a fourth individual promotion to the Barclays Premier League with the Royals this season, and to score his 200th career goal.
The experienced striker penned a new post on his blog website 'Digital Jason Roberts' - which can be accessed by clicking here. Here's what Jason said, dated 24th August 2013...
Today I was on BBC Final Score which was my second appearance for this particular show in the last month. I’ve been doing media work for the last couple of years now and really enjoy the buzz of it, especially live programs.
It all started with BBC 606 at the beginning of the 2010 season. I was at Blackburn and new owners had just purchased the club and changed the manager. There were so many changes going on at the club but we had to stick together to retain our Premier League status.
I fielded lots of difficult questions and had to deal with some tricky situations but I loved engaging with the fans and hearing their views every week. As a player I’ve never travelled around supporting a club so the levels of passion and dedication were amazing to hear every week. I almost found it therapeutic to talk to fans after the games. What’s more the club were very supportive and encouraged me to fit the work around games and training when I could.
On signing for Reading I continued my work with the blessings of the club. I was even told that we had won promotion live on radio, which was an amazing moment. Especially as at the time I was sitting in a tiny local radio studio on my own in Reading
During my long term hip injury I have been lucky enough to fit my media work in around my recovery. My schedule this week has been double sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, a gym session on Satursday morning then treatment on Sunday. I also get up at 7am every day to go to the pool and do yoga before my normal sessions as I want to aid my recovery and ensure that when I do make a comeback my body is completely ready for it.
Injured players are not invited to travel with the team and it is always tough watching the guys prepare and travel to games without you. I love my media work but I would swap the microphone for my boots a million times over. I play football for the love of winning: During my time at Reading, I took up the challenge of dropping down a division to achieve promotion with an unfancied side. Relegation last season was such a disappointment but what keeps me going through the endless hours of gym work and baby steps towards fitness is the goal of promotion and glory. A fourth promotion to the Premier League and my 200th goal are my only target now.
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