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"Pearce gives us strength"

8 July 2013

Royals boss on Alex contract

Nigel Adkins believes that the news of Alex Pearce’s new contract will be a defensive boost for the Royals heading into the 2013/14 campaign.

The Academy product was named as the supporters’ player of the season when the Royals lifted the Championship title during their last Football League season, and has now agreed a deal with the club until 2015.

“We’re pleased. We look at the size of the squad now that we’ve got, and we’re looking strong,” said Adkins.

“For me, I think we are strong with Alex re-signing, to make sure that from a defensive point of view we’ve got good bodies in there – experienced players who have played course and distance in the Championship.  From Alex’s point of view we’ve got somebody who wants to be at the football club, you don’t want to be talking about what goes on contractually in the public domain – you want that to remain private. 

“I know the contract went on for a long time over the course of the season well before I came. Players have got to do what they believe is right, they’ve all got agents now. Clubs have got to do what they believe is right. That’s why it’s best kept quiet behind the scenes and as long as they go out and work their socks off on the training ground, they’re respectful of everyone while they are at the club, and when they put on the shirt for Reading Football Club, they give everything they’ve got. Then everyone’s got to be happy with that.”

The manager has also been speaking about the appointment of Dean Wilkins as first team coach, a man he knows well from his successful stint with Southampton.

“I’m really delighted for Dean to come and join us, he worked with me at my previous club for a couple of years. He’s an ex player and an exceptionally good coach who will come in with Andy Crosby, myself, and everyone else on the coaching staff. The department we have are helping the squad to become better players.” 

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