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Debutant Kuhl on "great feeling"

20 August 2014

Aaron thrilled to make first team bow

Aaron Kuhl described making his Reading debut as the 'best feeling' as he came off the bench at half time in Tuesday night's defeat to Huddersfield Town at Madejski Stadium.

The 18-year-old, who captained both under-21s and under-18s sides last season, certainly didn't look out of place in the thick of a Sky Bet Championship fixture and registered a passing success rate of 94%.

"It's unbelievable, I've never had such a great feeling before. I got on the pitch and tried to get comfortable by getting my passes in," he told Reading FC Player.

"The manager and the lads just told me to come on, move the tempo, enjoy it and embrace the game and play the way I play.

"The main thing, though, was that we didn't win. We worked hard, we tried to create a few chances but sadly we just couldn't get that second goal to seal a draw. We've got to work hard on it and put it right on Saturday."

The youngster became the fifth Academy graduate to play for the first team this season, breaking a club record, after Craig Tanner, Ryan Edwards, Jake Cooper and Jack Stacey have all featured for Nigel Adkins' side.

"Since they've all come on I've just wanted to get on myself - even if it was just for a minute! Luckily I got 45, and it was a great feeling to get on and show everyone what I'm made of.

"It's great to make a step up and be around the pros and learning loads from all of them - even the injured ones like Jem are giving me loads of advice.

"It will be a good test to see if we can deal with the long away trips, but the squad has got it within us to do well in those games."

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