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Ola excited by Royals opportunity

3 September 2015

Deadline day signing looking forward to Championship challenge

The Royals added Ola John to the ranks on transfer deadline day, when he completed a loan move from Benfica for the 2015-16 season.  And the new addition is looking forward to his first campaign in English football.

The Dutch international follows in the footsteps of elder brother Collins John, who spent a bulk of his playing career leading the line as a Fulham player.  And now he is grateful for the opportunity to ply his trade in the Championship in the blue and white hoops of Reading.

“I’m feeling excited – I’m happy to be at this great club and I can’t wait to start,” Ola said.  “English football has a big history and I think it’s a dream for every player to play here.

“When I heard that I would have a chance to move to Reading, I was excited – so I’m happy that it worked out and that I’m here.

“Collins played for six years in Fulham – I have been here a lot when I was younger, and I have watched a lot of games in England.  I asked my brother a lot about Reading, and it was an easy decision for me.”

Fans will have to wait a little while to see new signing John – as well as Matej Vydra and Lucas Piazon – in action for the Royals.  The international break means that the next Reading fixture comes on the evening of Friday 11th September at Madejski Stadium, kicking off at 8pm under the floodlights.

“The next game comes against Ipswich Town – I want to be there and try to get my minutes,” John explained.

“I’m going to meet my teammates over the next couple of days – I’m excited to meet them and to train for the first time with them and get to know them.  It’s going to be good for me to get to know the club, the players and the facilities.”

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