First signing of the summer talks to readingfc.co.uk
Reading FC Player spoke exclusively to Wayne Bridge after the experienced left back agreed a one year deal at Madejski Stadium. Click here to see the interview, or read the transcript below.
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Welcome to Reading Football Club! How much are you looking forward to the challenge?
WB: I’m looking forward to it a lot. I’ve had one season in the Championship with Brighton and I enjoyed myself playing. I’m glad Reading have come in, I spoke to the manager and I’m excited to be part of a team that’s looking for promotion.
A number of clubs were interested – what was it that made you choose Madejski Stadium?
WB: I’ve spoken to the manager and seen the direction he wants to go. From the outside it looks like a team that want to get back to the Premier League, a team that works hard for eachother. That’s something that I want to be a part of.
You’ve had so many proud moments in your career to date, what are the personal highlights?
WB: Coming from a family of Southampton fans, scoring against Pompey! And coming through the ranks there as a home grown player. The Champions League goal against Arsenal was special, and the major one I think is playing for your country.
Have you got many memories of coming across Reading in your years as a professional?
WB: No – but I’m hoping I’m going to create a lot of memories whilst I’m here for the season, hopefully they’re good ones!
You’ve spent most your career in the top flight, what did your spell at Brighton teach you about the challenge of the Championship?
WB: For me it was just about getting back playing, there was a period when I wasn’t playing as many games as I’d have liked. I know that everyone says that it’s a tough league to play in and it definitely is, playing two games a week a lot of the time. It’s just something I really enjoyed, you don’t get to rest as much – you’re always playing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had quite a good season so hopefully I can progress on that and do well for Reading.
You say quite a good season...you were named in the team of the year and there was a quote from Guy Poyet saying you are still up and down the wing like a 20-year-old!
WB: Yeah…maybe 21! It is part of my game, I feel like I’m still quite fit so I like to get up and down the wing and attack as well as defend. I thoroughly enjoyed my season and I want to go and do the same for Reading.
I’m sure you’ve spoken to Nick Hammond and Nigel Adkins, what have they said to you?
WB: Everything was just positive, he was really positive about getting me as a signing so it means a lot to me that he thinks a great deal of me. I want to come here and do well for them as well.
Promotion is the aim of course, you must be hoping to be back in the Premier League with Reading?
WB: That’s the aim for next year, to get promotion. It’s a difficult league, you have to take one game at a time. It’s something I’m looking forward to.