New goalkeeping coach on pre-season preparationsReading Football Club’s new goalkeeping coach Dave Beasant is thrilled to see pre-season training get well and truly underway and explained to BBC Radio Berkshire whilst out on Thailand last week that the players are working tremendously well to be in the best possible condition, ready for the upcoming season.
Beasant was introduced alongside Steven Reid as one of a number of new staff members brought in by manager Steve Clarke last month and, working hard with new signings Ali Al-Habsi and Jonathan Bond out in Bangkok, Dave spoke about the job in hand.
“It’s about getting that hand-eye coordination back in at the moment,” Beasant began. “Out in Thailand for example, we saw - with the type of grass it is out there - that the ball was checking very much so it doesn’t come through to you as you’d expect.
“Shots that were hitting the ground tended to slow down, which for a keeper, is difficult because you know your body’s getting into line with the ball and then it’ll check-up so it’s going to cause you a few problems.”
Last Wednesday, the Royals played out a 2-2 draw with Thailand All Stars at the National Stadium in Bangkok, and both of our new goalkeeper signings featured in separate halves of a hot and heated encounter.
Perhaps the stand out moment from a goalkeeping perspective came with a double save from new acquisition Jonathan Bond, early in the second half. The 22-year-old keeper signed for the Royals from Watford prior to the tour to the Far East and Beasant believes that with the right training, he’ll be one to watch in the future.
“He’s looks like he’s got real potential, as a goalkeeper he’s got a good look about him. I think he knows that he’s not the finished product yet, but obviously, if we can mould him into the goalkeeper we feel he could be, then who knows what he could do.
“All the boys are buying into everything we’re trying to do,” he explained. “We’ve got the young lads who stayed back at home last week and who had been working the first week of pre-season before Ali and Jonathan came into the club - and they’ve all worked tremendously hard.
“But now we’re going through everything, and this is what pre-season is all about. It’s moulding the goalkeeper to the style of the defence and the style of the team, and how the manager wants him to play when he’s in possession of the ball.
“And obviously, most importantly, we’re working to keep the ball out of the back of the net.”
The Royals’ face a behind closed doors friendly this weekend but the first pre-season fixture open to the public will see us visit Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 21st July, 7.45pm kick-off.
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