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Adkins looking to the future

18 October 2013

Boss on the club's growth

Manager Nigel Adkins says the positive news regarding a new training ground shows the continued progress the club is making.

Late last week we exchanged contracts on a new 120-acre site at Bearwood Estate, conditional on the receipt of planning permission.

The manager has been heavily involved in the process, and believes it is another step forward in our long-term development.

He told the press, "Ours is one of the oldest football clubs in the League, founded in 1871 and we've come such a long way. The last ten years have been the best in the club's history, now we want to build on that great success.

"I've been involved in the process of the new training ground and I've been to the site, planning will be going in, it's going to be really good when it's done. We've talked about Category One, the pathway for youngsters and the club has been forward thinking with these steps it's making. The process is there for the new site, to evolve, to build and to succeed in a way that everyone can be proud of Reading Football Club.

"The board, owner and everyone work together to make sure it's right for the Club. We've got a lot of support for what I'm trying to do at the club. I remember playing at Elm Park, now we've got a fantastic Stadium, there are plans for a new training ground. The supporters can have the belief and knowledge that everything is being done in a positive manner for Reading Football Club. The future is bright, it's blue and white.

"We've brought players in over the summer, added loans when we've needed to and from my perspective we stay concentrated on preparing the team and being together as one - and that is what is happening. 

"Hogwood has improved, the groundstaff have been excellent, there has to be finance as well of course but we want all the ages to play to play a passing brand of football on our pitches, to develop technically and then it's a nice spectacle for the supporters on a Saturday.

"There is so much involved nowadays, gone are the days when players are in and out for a couple of hours. Video analysis, prehab, rehab, the food here is magnificent with our chef Jody and we help educate the players with that. If we want to be in the Premier League, we need those facilities. The club has come a hell of a long way.

"What we want to do is get back to the top flight and stay there, so the supporters can enjoy being there, rather than thinking 'will it be one year.' We want to progress, it's a happy place here, everyone has a smile on their faces, it's an exciting place to be."

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