Coach seeing potential in Reading squadSince joining the club as a coach this summer, Steven Reid has been impressed with the ability shown from players at every level in the club.
New signings have been brought in during the summer window, adding to those bodies already in the camp. And in addition he has enjoyed seeing some of the younger players in that number staking their claim to turn the 2015/16 campaign into their breakthrough season.
Pre-season has produced some mixed results – including a 1-0 defeat at Crawley and highly commendable draws against Swansea and Espanyol – but Reid feels that those scorelines will have little bearing on what will happen in the coming season, which kicks off away at Birmingham City this Saturday.
“Not every result has gone our way in pre-season, but that’s often the case – it is no reflection upon how the season is going to go a lot of the time,” Reid said. “I’ve had pre-seasons where I’ve won every game and then we got off to a terrible start in the league, and there have been pre-seasons where I’ve lost a lot and got off to a great start.
“And now we’re starting to get that strength in depth in the squad. A couple of the new signings have been impressive from day one – there are a few good characters in there, and there is a lot of Championship and Premier League experience in that group as well. So hopefully with one or two more additions coming in, which the gaffer is busy identifying and trying to get in, I’m sure we can have a squad that’s strong enough to compete in the league this year.
“I’m coming into a new club, and the senior boys here have been first class. The newcomers have been superb, and one or two of the younger lads have also planted a seed in the gaffer’s mind as well. Some of the young boys that have started with the group in pre-season have shown the gaffer that they’ll be able to do a job for the team this season.
“The squad that is there is more than capable. I think the players in that dressing room can achieve whatever they want to achieve. The quality and experience is there, and there are a lot of full internationals in there. It’s all about trying to get off to a good start and keeping that momentum going all the way through.”