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‘Hard work doesn’t stop’ – Samuel

18 September 2015

Forward chats about new Reading contract

On Friday, Reading striker Dominic Samuel signed on the dotted line on a contract that will keep him at Madejski Stadium until 2018.  But he already considers that to be old news – he is only looking ahead to what comes next.

“I’m feeling over the moon,” said Samuel.  “It just shows that all the hard work pays off.  But obviously the hard work doesn’t stop now – I’m just going to keep going and keeping developing, and hopefully I can earn another contract in a few years.

“It’s nice to know that the gaffer likes to play young players and he believes in them, and if they’ve got talent he wants them to show it.  I’ve done enough to earn a new contract, but I don’t want to stop here.  I want to keep improving myself, keep developing under him and getting better, and proving that he can trust me to play in more games.

“This is a great club to be at.  If you’re good enough, it doesn’t matter how old you are – he’ll put you in.  This club produces great players as well so I’m really happy and grateful that I’m at a club like Reading Football Club.”



Dom proved his goalscoring prowess during a successful loan spell with Coventry last season.  He netted 6 goals in 12 starts for the Sky Blues, and dealing with that expectation and taking it in his stride has proven useful.

He continued: “The Coventry loan helped me out a lot.  They were a good team and they’re a big club as well, so there was pressure on me to do well.  I don’t think I let the pressure get to me, so I just played my game it was a successful loan move to me.

“It is completely different to be playing for the Under-21s compared to first-team football, because all of a sudden you’re playing at bigger stadiums, it means more, and you’re fighting for three points.  Within that you put pressure on yourself, but it’s about how you deal with it.  You have to let your talent get on with it, and work hard with it.”

Samuel begun the season by playing in each of the first two fixtures – but after coming off the bench in Colchester, a knee injury sustained in that game has kept him out since then.

He is targeting a quick return to first-team training, and is looking forward to pushing the other strikers in the squad for a position in the team.

“The rehab is going well – hopefully I could be back in a shorter time than they think,” Dominic explained.  “I’m just going to keep my head down and take each day as it comes, and try to get out there as quick as possible.

“The players that the manager has brought in are good players with a lot of experience, so when I get back in I can learn from them.  It’s going to make me a better player by playing with better players in training, so I’m looking forward to getting back in.  Football is a competitive sport and everyone’s time comes, so I’ll keep my head down and work hard in training, and hopefully I’ll get that chance again. 

“It was a good start to the season for me to play against Birmingham and Colchester – it was unfortunate to get the injury, but I think I did enough in those games to show that I am capable of first-team football.  It’s a set-back, but that won’t stop me – it’s about how you come back from the set-back.”

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