Eamonn on next generation
Academy manager Eamonn Dolan says it's a fantastic time to be a young player at Reading, and is determined to help bring in more Academy players into the first team.
The Royals are striving to safeguard their Category One EPPP status, which would ensure that the Academy are graded as one of the best in the country.
"We have a philosophy here that we've really revised over the last two years," said Eamonn. "The EPPP has been very stringent, but has given us a great opportunity to look at the philosophy of how we develop players. The level of detail is very high.
"It's a strange concept because I've been a first team manager - which is a job that can be highly pressurised at times. Every week after a game, Sunday comes around and it could be the worst day or the best day - but you don't get that in youth development."
Eamonn also hailed first team manager Nigel Adkins and assistant manager Andy Crosby for their support of the Royals Academy.
"It's great that we have a manager in Nigel Adkins who is clearly passionate about youth development - he and Andy Crosby couldn't be more encouraging about the Academy. The young boys all have a spring in their step because of the manager's attitude - and that gives them a great incentive to succeed.
"The staff at the club are super ambitious. We're already working towards next season, it all starts again, and it's a great time to be a young player at Reading. We're 100% focussed on coming back in and pushing our young players on to give the gaffer a real problem."