New captain Karacan is delightedReading FC Player caught up with our new Club captain Jem Karacan, after the Academy graduate was chosen by manager Nigel Adkins to wear the armband for the upcoming season.
Well Jem, I guess we've got to call you 'skip' from now on! A great honour for you to find out you've been named as Club captain...
It's great to be given the captain's armband, but it doesn't change anything - I'm just looking forward to getting back on the pitch. That's the main thing for me really, focussing on getting fit and then lead the boys.
I suppose you don't need any more incentives to get back playing, now you've got the thought of pulling the armband on for the first time?
It's a brilliant honour. I've said before, I've played under some great captains in Murts, Ivar and Jobi - such stalwarts at the Club. To be put in that list is a massive achievement. It's something I've got to get on with and try and not change too much around the lads! Obviously it's a different role and I've got to get used to it. But I've had great support from the lads - they've all been buzzing for me since I've got it. I'm just looking forward to getting going really!
The likes of Chris Gunter and Sean Morrison, and all the lads, seem very pleased and chuffed that you'll be leading them out this year.
Yeah - they've got say that! All jokes aside, they are really good friends - I've known them for a long time now and I think they are more than happy for me.
How is your recovery going? I know you've been working so hard over the summer and setting your targets.
I saw the surgeon yesterday and he gave me the thumbs up and said it's as strong as it could be. I've got a couple of day's rest now before I really crack on on Monday, so I'm really looking forward to that now.
And you've been going to the games in pre-season, supporting the lads even though you're sidelined.
Yeah, I went down to Devon and watched the two games. They were really good run-outs for the lads and it was a nice little trip away. It freshens things up before we get into the swing of things properly.
You must be pleased with all the positive feedback from the supporters, wishing you well on your recovery after the news of the captaincy.
They've been brilliant the whole time I've been injured. The response from the fans has been amazing, I couldn't have asked for more. It is a massive achievement and I'm delighted to be the club captain and hopefully I can do the fans proud.
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