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Appiah: Loan switch an exciting opportunity

2 April 2015

Striker raring to go

Having just returned from international duty with Ghana, new signing Kwesi Appiah says that he cannot wait to get started at Reading.

The striker, who last week penned a loan deal until the end of the season from Crystal Palace, made two appearances for the Black Stars over the break.

And after training with his new team-mates at Hogwood Park for the first time this morning, the forward insists that his temporary switch presents him with an exciting challenge.

 “I’m looking forward to it. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get things started,” said the Palace loanee.  “The first day is obviously a bit nervy but once you have met all of the lads and the staff, you just crack on!

“Before signing, I spoke to Steve Clarke over the phone and he has got some bright ideas and things that I can see myself buying into. I’m looking forward to working with him and everyone that I have spoken to has given good recommendations. I’m very happy with that.”

Appiah, who scored for Ghana is this year’s African Cup of Nations, could go straight into the squad for Saturday’s clash with Cardiff at Madejski Stadium and he wants to replicate his international form at club level.

He said: “There’s not too much of the season left but, in the little time that I do have here, I just want to do the best I can, put in some good performances, score some goals and hopefully be happy.

“Every game is a tough test; especially in the Championship where you are competing in one of the toughest divisions in the world.

“I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can stake a claim for match time. Coming off the back of international duty, it’s nice to take some momentum into club football and I’m really looking forward to my opportunity at Reading.”

Watch Kwesi's first interview in full on Reading FC Player

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