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23 July 2013

Jobi reflects on Portugal trip

Royals skipper Jobi McAnuff reflected on a productive week of pre-season in Portugal on Reading FC Player - which you can watch now by clicking here.

Jobi said that the togetherness within the camp is as strong as it has ever been, with new additions Wayne Bridge, Danny Williams and Royston Drenthe integrating into the squad nicely.

"From my time here, and I'm sure all of the lads will testify, it's always been a great place to come. It's an easy place to settle in to because we have such a good group of lads who are very welcoming.

"Everyone is very open and gets on with everybody. For the new guys coming in, that's very important because it can be quite daunting fitting into a new group. They can just come in and hit the ground running. They are all quality players and great lads too, which is a great combination. It's something we have developed at the club. We are all together and we recognise that that's an important tool.

"And obviously Dean (Wilkins) is a new addition in pre-season. He's slotted in really well and there's a really good dynamic between the staff. Dean's come in and added to what was already a good combination. They are all top football guys and they know the game and we're all getting the most out of each other."

With the 2013/14 season just around the corner now, McAnuff felt that the Portugal trip was an important boost in the Royals pre-season preparation as Nigel Adkins' men prepare for the domestic campaign which starts on August 3rd.

"It's been very good, and very hard. It's always a shock to the system when you get back in after a few weeks off. But the work we have been doing is very good - it's not just running for the sake of it. It's all intelligently planned out, the boys have responded really well to it and we're really enjoying the work," he added.

"The boys have certainly been doing that, we've had good feedback from all the fitness guys in terms of the work we've been doing. It's good for us to be able to see how hard we're working and how far we're willing to push ourselves.

"You can't look too much into results alone - obviously there are things we are doing now that we wouldn't normally do during the season, like having a big training session on a Monday and then playing on a Tuesday. But it's all part of the work and the fitness.

"Coming away was great for everyone, especially for the new lads. It's good preparation for what is a difficult league, there will be some really tough games - it's relentless really. We need to be as prepared as we can be - it's a bit of a sacrifice in this period of time but we need to make sure it carries us through the season."

Watch the in-depth interview now on Reading FC Player by clicking here, and there's loads more online including highlights from our two games in Portugal, interviews with Nigel Adkins and behind-the-scenes footage.

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