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McCleary aims to come back stronger than ever

7 October 2014

Royals winger on new contract

Garath McCleary says there was no doubt in his mind about extending his contract at Madejski Stadium.

The winger penned a new deal late last week that will keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2017, and told Reading FC Player he is very much at home with the Royals.

"I'm over the moon about it and it's something I wanted to do for a while," said McCleary. "Everyone has been brilliant since I've been here - the staff, the players and the fans. It's a family run club and my family were a big part in my decision. My partner is really settled here as are my children. We wanted it back in August, but due to the sitaution with the club at that time it couldn't happen - so I'm happy it's now done and dusted.

"Having been signed from Bromley to Forest for £25,000 and to go on to play for Reading in the Premier Leauge was an incredible journey. I'm grasping it with both hands - I've always thought it's hard to get somewhere you want to be, but it's even harder to stay there. That's something I want to do - the fans here have shown me a lot of respect and hopefully I can repay their faith with my performances."

The 27-year-old has not played a minute of football this season as he recovers from an operation on a fractured vertebrae - an injury he played through whilst putting on some terrific performances at the tail end of the 2013/14 campaign.

"My injury was unfortunate, doing it back in March and playing on, but it's something that we have strengthened. It was hard. There were a few times where I couldn't sprint, and times where I needed to come off - but now I'm back running on grass and not feeling any pain which is great. I know people may have seen a picture of Danny Williams out there too, but I didn't want my photo taken! A few of the boys are on their way back and hopefully it won't be too long. I will aim to come back stronger and help the team - but I need to be patient. There is still a little way to go"

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