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Adkins: Murray will help our group

12 September 2014

Manager looks to Fulham

Nigel Adkins believes Glenn Murray will be a welcome addition to his attacking options as the Royals take on Fulham at Madejski Stadium this Saturday.

The visit of the Cottagers will potentially be the first chance for Royals fans to see their new man in action, as an international break came immediately after his dramatic deadline day arrival from Crystal Palace.

"Glenn is a player I've admired for a long time, he's got a great goalscoring record and adds to the group," said Adkins. "Big Pav has done great for us, he's had to be that main striker for a lot of the time and maybe that work load gave him an issue, with his recent injury, but now we've got the likes of Glenn - as well as Simon Cox, Jamie Mackie, Hal Robson-Kanu coming back and Nick Blackman - who can all play up there. Those forward thinking players can now share the workload a lot more."

Naturally plenty was still going on behind the scenes during the international break - and whilst some members of the squad were getting their first taste of life as an international, others were taking part in fitness testing at Southampton Solent University.

"We've been down to Solent University and there have been some phenomenal results - we know that. The training programme we've got works, there has been some great physical development from the players. Obviously we have reflected on the injury list we've had and many have been trauma related from games, so Luke Anthony and the medical department have worked very hard. The players who are out have got a big desire to be back, though nine of them are going to be still unavailable for a period of time.

"We always like to see our boys get recognised at international level. It was great to see Jake Taylor called up by Wales - and richly deserved as well. he's been here for a long period of time, started the season ever so well and has scored two match winning goals and played really good football. He must have been chuffed to bits because everyone at Reading was."

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