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Youngsters reflect

22 May 2013

Academy stars look back with pride

Reading’s Academy players have been reacting to a fantastic season that culminated in a Barclays Premier League final this past weekend.

Speaking to Reading FC Player, 6 foot 4 inch centre back Jake Cooper paid tribute to his teammates for an admirable campaign.

“It’s been a great season for all the boys, everyone has put in a team effort. It’s the whole squad, not just the team who started in the final. They’ve been magnificent,” he said.

“We started off slowly on Sunday but in the second half we gave it our all to get back into the game. It just didn’t work out unfortunately, but we’ll be back next year and going again I’m sure. The lads gave everything.”

The under 18s could count themselves unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against Fulham at Craven Cottage, especially having hit the crossbar no less than three times in the second half. 

Striker Uche Ikpeazu finished as the country’s top league goalscorer at Academy level with 26 goals to his name, and gave his thoughts on his official Twitter account earlier this week.

“I hate losing but I love learning. Coming second is an achievement that both I and the team can be proud of.”

Strike partner Craig Tanner echoed his sentiments. “Absolutely gutted to lose the final to Fulham 3-0,” he said. “It’s been an amazing season with lots of learning points and things we can build on.”

Full interviews with Jake Cooper and Academy Assistant Manager David Dodds will be available shortly on Reading FC Player. 

Want to learn more about our successful under 18s side? Click here to read in depth player profiles. 

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