Defender looking to next season after signing new dealMichael Hector is targeting a positive 2015/16 after committing his future to the Royals over the weekend by signing a new three-year contract.
The defender was a standout performer for Steve Clarke’s side last season, making 49 appearances, and was voted in the top three by fans in the Player of the Season award.
And, once the new campaign kicks off in August, the 22-year-old is eager for the club to hit the ground running and push towards the top-end of the Championship.
“Playing in the Championship every Saturday and Tuesday, I’ve learned a lot,” he said. “You make mistakes and my consistency at the beginning of the season was up and down. I think everyone saw what I could offer towards the end of the season and hopefully I can carry that into the new one in August.
“A few players have left and a few will come in. Pre-season will be key for us and a club of this size should be looking to push towards the play-offs and get promoted. Steve Clarke is a great manager and he can do good things with the players that he wants to bring in.”
Hector also penned a new Royals deal last summer and he says that signing his latest contract was a proud moment for him and his family.
"It’s a really positive step for me to sign another deal at Reading and to know that you’re wanted by the manager and the club, it's a great feeling," Hector said. "This is a proud moment for me and my family.
“Last season I was a regular member of the squad and the fans know the type of player that I am and what I bring to the side. It was my first full season at any club because most of my loans were short term; the most I’d done at a club before was six months.
“To do a full season at one club, and stay injury free, was really good for me. My family were able to come and watch me regularly as well because obviously playing on loan at Aberdeen the year before, it’s a long way away!
“It was good that they could see all my home games and that I was voted into the top three of the Player of the Year award by the fans. The fans took to me and sang my name, too, which was really good for me personally.”
The 22-year-old jets off to Chile later this week for the Copa America, where he and the Jamaica squad will face Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in Group B.
He said: “If I get selected, then making my international debut for Jamaica would be a dream come true. Most of my family are Jamaican and it would be a proud moment for me and my friends. If I can play in that tournament, then I’ll be up against some world-class players.”