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Boss on Norwood, Forest and the future

22 August 2014

Adkins ahead of City Ground trip

Manager Nigel Adkins was delighted after the Royals completed the signing of 23-year-old Oliver Norwood, who goes straight into the squad for this Saturday's trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Royals take on the league leaders at the City Ground this weekend, and ahead of the game the boss spoke on some key topics down at Hogwood Park this Thursday afternoon.

On Norwood

"I'm delighted that we're moving forward and that Olly is the fourth player we're bringing into the group.

"He's a very good player and passes the ball ever so well. He had a good upbringing at Manchester United, he's got lots of games under his belt in the Football League and is a good age. At 23, he can only improve in our environment.

"He'll fit in well with our players, he has a great attitude, he's athletic, can pass and take a set play as well. He's only going to get better and I'm really excited about him being here."

On Forest, the first of three away games in a week

"The squads are going to be stretched to the maximum. The games come thick and fast, more or less every three days. It's going to be a tough game at Forest but, as I've highlighted, they all are in the Championship.

 "You've got to have a squad of players able to compete with the intensity required and deal with the injuries and suspensions that come our way.

On the squad, our youngsters and the future

"At the moment, we've got ten players who could be considered to be first team starters but they are unavailable for selection.

"We're relying on the youngsters who are doing magnificently. You look at one or two of the players who are coming on the field of play, you can see the potential they've got.

"You cannot put them on a pedestal but we need to ensure that the future is going to be great for them. Everything for the future of this football club looks really good."

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