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Tish: “I want to keep striving, improving and learning”

9 September 2015

Midfielder looking to keep developing after signing new deal

After being awarded with a new contract at Madejski Stadium, Royals midfielder Aaron Tshibola reiterated his determination to keep developing and improving from week to week.

Since returning this summer from last season’s loan spell at Hartlepool, the 20-year-old has made an eye-catching start to his Championship career.  He made his full debut away at Birmingham on the opening weekend, and has featured in every game since.

“The plan is to not stop here, definitely not – it’s to continue striving, improving and learning,” said Tshibola.  “I’m still young and I’ve got a lot of time to go.  What I can do is to give 100 per cent for my team on the training field and the pitch when called upon.

“In every position we’ve got experienced players that have played at the highest level.  For me, to train with them and get advice from them and get help from them every day in training, I can only be thankful.  I’ll continue to learn and listen to them, and take it into my own game.

“I feel that I’ve made a good contribution to the team, so I can only be happy with that.  There’s still a lot more to come from me, but given the opportunity I hope that everyone can get to see that.”

Tish is amongst the latest of a long line of Academy graduates to make their mark in the Royals’ first team.

While there have been many new arrivals from elsewhere over the summer, the homegrown midfielder is grateful that manager Steve Clarke has had the trust and faith in his ability and offered him the chance to showcase his ability.

“I’m delighted to be secured here until 2019 – now I just can’t wait to see the next challenges it brings me,” he explained.

“The gaffer is a great manager and he has a lot of experience in bringing youngsters through.  I’m really grateful that he gave me an opportunity – I’m really happy and continue to pray for more opportunities to show what I can do.

“I was never quite sure whether I was really going to be in the manager’s plans until the first game of the season when he gave me my first start.  All the way through pre-season I had played quite a bit, which was nice, but there was no real competitive game until the trip to Birmingham.

“But I was given a start in the first game, and it has been upwards from there.  I’m really thankful for that and I hope that he’ll continue to use me, and I’ll keep working hard.”


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