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McShane ‘honoured’ to be Royals captain

9 August 2015

Defender speaks of pride at wearing the armband

Paul McShane was named as the new Reading club captain on Saturday, and the new summer arrival spoke of his pride at being named the Royals’ new skipper.

Steve Clarke brought in the Irish centre-half from Hull City in the transfer window, and he brings with him plenty of top-flight experience from his time at the KC Stadium, Sunderland and West Brom, as well as having been capped 31 times for Ireland.

“It is an honour to captain the club,” McShane said.  “I know what a great club it is and I’m delighted that the gaffer made me captain.  Hopefully I can lead by example and lead the team to many victories.

“I will just be myself – I’m not one for giving Braveheart-style speeches or anything gimmicky!  But I’ll lead through example on the pitch and lead through my behaviour on and off the pitch.”

His first competitive outing with the armband ended with disappointment, as the Royals fell were on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat in a remarkable game at Birmingham.

McShane was one of three Royals players to strike the woodwork – including Oliver Norwood and Aaron Tshibola, whose effort was adjudged not to have crossed the line by the officials.  A late chance to equalise from the penalty spot wasn’t taken by Orlando Sa and Simon Cox put the follow-up wide, and McShane admitted it was tough to come to terms with having nothing to show for such a dominant display against the Blues.

“We’re sick as a dog, to be honest,” he continued.  “We definitely should have got something from the game, but that’s the way football works sometimes.  We were the better team and we just didn’t get anything from it, and that’s a massive disappointment for us.

“But the games come fast with the league games, and we’re back at it with a cup game on Tuesday.  So we’ve got to brush ourselves off and we’ve got to get into winning ways, starting with the trip to Colchester on Tuesday.”

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