Adkins on keepersAs a former goalkeeper himself, manager Nigel Adkins has emphasised the importance of the man between the sticks.
For a number of years the Royals have been blessed with excellent 'keepers, and we boast a great crop again at the moment, with Adam Federici, Alex McCarthy and Stuart Taylor ably backed up by Jonathan Henly, while Mikkel Andersen is on a season-long loan back in Denmark.
Adkins said, "For me the goalkeeper is the most important player in the team.
"Goalscorers obviously get the glory, but for me the keeper is massively important.
"Next season we’ve got to keep 21 clean sheets, we do that as a team but the goalkeeper is very important in that. And I want us to play from the back so the goalkeeper is massively important in that, the distribution and the confidence to go and do it is vital.
"It’s an important position, I played there so I can relate to it, and the way the position has evolved.
"The goalkeeper needs to have a calmness and for you to know what you’ll get every week. Goalkeepers will make a mistake and it’s highlighted normally because it ends in a goal.
"Consistency is everything, not being too high or too low. That’s what I’d like from a goalkeeper and also what I like to give as a manager."