Defender outlines his ambitionsAfter getting a taste for it last season, Sean Morrison is determined to ply his trade in the Barclays Premier League with Reading.
'Morro' played in each of the final seven games of the 2012/13 campaign under Nigel Adkins, and feels that the way the Royals are playing under the manager will help him improve his own game.
"Personally, I’ve had a season in the Premier League and I want to stay there," said Sean. "I want to play most of my career there. I don’t want to keep dropping down, I want to cement myself in the Premier League with Reading.
"To stay in the top flight as a centre half you need to be able to pass the ball and be comfortable on the ball. So under this manager, it gives me a great opportunity to get better at my game.
"I think my personal ambitions next year are just to get a full season under my belt at Reading, win as many games as we can, play the football that the gaffer wants to play and develop as a team and as an individual player. And try to win the Championship."
Morrison says that the key factor for the Royals next season will be confidence, and believes that the side are going in the right direction under Adkins.
"At any level, if you’re playing regular first team games, you’re going to improve the more you play. But even in the last six weeks, since the new manager has come in, I think my game has improved massively in different areas – concentration, body positions, we’re just working a lot more on different parts of the game which is going to benefit me and the lads here in the long run. So I think everyone’s really looking coming back here for pre-season.
"If you look back at the games since he’s been here, the improvement in each game has been massive. And I think that’s just confidence. We’ve got the players here to do it, all the players here can pass the ball and have the confidence to, it’s just going out on the pitch in front of the fans and doing it and having the confidence to get on the ball and make the movements and not being afraid.
"I think that’s what the gaffer is trying to get into us - to not be afraid to get on the ball and to try and play. And if we give the ball away, we’ll win it back again.
"It’s been a hard season, a long season. It’s a short break - only five weeks, so I'll have a couple of holidays and then it's all about getting back and hitting the ground running."