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Quinn: Royals' Premier League ambition attracted me

30 June 2015

Midfielder targeting a return to the top flight

New signing Stephen Quinn says that the club’s burning to desire to return to the Premier League was a huge factor in his decision to join the Royals.

The Republic of Ireland international, who put pen to paper on a three-year contract with Reading, with the option of a fourth year, joins on a free transfer from Hull City.

And, as well as targeting a return to the top flight, he revealed that opportunity to work under manager Steve Clarke was also a big attraction.  

“I’m really looking forward to a new chapter in my career with Reading,” he said. “I’m really excited to be down at such a big club.

“Everything about the club attracted me; the ambition to get back into the Premier League and the manager, who came and met me in the close season and spoke very well.

“He made me feel very wanted. He likes my style of play and how he wants to play the game is mirrored by that. He didn’t have to say too much to more after that because my heart was set on it after then.

“Obviously, the manager has worked with some of the best players in the business and his track record is excellent. His philosophy on how he wants to play the game is something that I’m looking forward to working with.”

He continued: “The Premier League is the promise land. It’s where every players wants to ply their trade. I’m included in that. This is such a massive club and it isn’t long since it’s been up there. We want to be pushing to get back there, starting next season.”

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