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Kerr pays visit

15 November 2013

Ex-Royal returns

Former Royal Dylan Kerr returned to Reading last weekend and reacquainted himself with some old friends and team mates.

The defender, who was often utilised at left back, played for the Royals between 1993 and 1996 - the club he made the most league appearances of his career for.

Ahead of the Queens Park Rangers game at Madejski Stadium, Kerr paid a visit to Hogwood Park to reunite himself with former Leeds team mate Andy Crosby, as well as Nick Hammond - who he of course knew from his Elm Park days.

"I came back to see a lot of friends. It was the first time I saw Nicky Hammond in about 18 years, and I hadn't seen Andy Crosby since he left Leeds in 1991. It was refreshing to see how football works and how training may have changed, and it's not too different to what we did with Mark McGhee and Colin Lee.

"Andy hasn't changed - he's just got a little chunkier! But seriously it's good to see someone who was your team mate go on to do well. He's got a great relationship with Nigel Adkins and Dean Wilkins, he's enjoyed his career so far and is looking forward to the challenge at Reading.

"As an ex-player I always will have an interest in Reading and I hope they succeed, and in my opinion they've got a great manager in Nigel."

Dylan, who was also at Madejski Stadium for last Saturday's game as he drew the Golden Gamble results, is currently coaching out in South East Asia and learned a lot from observing training and watching the Royals in action.

"I'm an assistant coach for a Premier League team in Vietnam called Vicem Hai Phong, and we get plenty of fans per game watching. I came back to Reading to try and take back ideas to Vietnam, of how British football and European football is played and how training, preparation through sports scientists and dietitians works and so on.

The culture is very different in Vietnam and there is little youth structure there. It's a good standard of football but I think it could be better, and I want to take things back to I can improve the team and improve as a coach."

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