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The American Dream

10 June 2014

Latest youth addition looks ahead

On Tuesday morning the Royals confirmed the signing of American youth international Andrija Novakovich – and the 18-year-old can’t wait to make his mark in England.

Speaking to US website American Soccer Now, the forward spoke of his upbringing and footballing education - giving Reading fans more of an insight into their latest young addition. 

“Growing up what helped me was that I had a Serbian background. My friends and family were all Serbian. A lot of us were the same age and we grew up loving and playing soccer,” he said. “We all played on the same team and it was fun playing. We made the most of it and never really thought of the big time. We just had fun. It was a great childhood.

“I think that because I have a height advantage people like to think of me as a target forward,” Novakovich explained. “I get the ball down and dish it off to my teammates but I also like to play with the ball at my feet and dribble at people and take defenders on. I think that was important as I got up into the higher levels and I couldn’t do the things I used to do easily. I had to adapt my style. I think I’ve developed as a player. I’ve grown.”

With the World Cup just days away  from commencing in Brazil, and the US again qualifying for the spectacular of football – Adrija naturally harbours dreams of one day gracing the highest stage.

“Going to a World Cup would be awesome but I need to focus on what I’m doing. I have to keep playing well and keep getting called in. Hopefully I’ll be called up for the World Cup. If I do or if I don’t, I think I’ll be happy as long as I’m playing well and enjoying my soccer. That’s all that matters to me.”

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