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Blackman looks to build from the front

6 January 2015

Clarke shows faith in forward

Nick Blackman is aiming to prove his worth as a striker, and in the process repay the faith shown in him by new manager Steve Clarke.

A large chunk of the 25-year-old’s appearances in a Reading shirt have come as a winger, but after coming off the bench to score the winner against Huddersfield – he has set his targets on a permanent place up top.

“I never complain about where I play and I can do a job on the wing but it is great to be back playing in my own position,” said Blackman.

“I am a striker. The manager has come in, he has told me that and recognises that. Everyone is enjoying it, we are taking on what the gaffer is giving us, it’s a fresh approach and everybody is relishing it. He is just getting to know his squad and what we’re all capable off, hopefully this is the start of exciting times for us.”

The former Sheffield United man saw fellow forward Dominic Samuel enter the fray for only his second Royals appearance at the weekend, and is excited to see such young talent adding to some returning experience heads in the squad.

“Youth is massive here. There are many talented players in the u21s who will come through and eventually be first team regulars. It’s exciting for the club and the fans. It was great to see Dom come on for his appearance and he did really well as well, he’s been flying for the u21s. It was good to see Jem and Guths back too, they’re both massive players.”

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