Defender looking forward to a new chapter in his career with ReadingNewly signed Reading defender Tyler Blackett was pleased to put pen-to paper-on a deal with the Royals on Monday evening, with the full-back revealing the deal had been a long time in the making.
“I’m delighted,” said Blackett. “It has been a while and a long decision, but I’m finally here. It has been ongoing throughout the summer and I’ve thought about it – I think it’s the right step for me now, and the right time in my career.”
A big draw for the former Manchester United man was the chance to work with Reading boss Jaap Stam, and Blackett is confident Stam’s experience will help him develop as a defender.
“I just want to play under a great manager and to get games here is an opportunity for me, I’ll be looking to do well,” said the 22-year-old.
“It was nice to speak to the manager in person and hear from him – about how he wants to do things, and what he sees for me in future as well.
“Growing up at United, you see videos of him playing and how he was as a player there,” continued Blackett. “He was obviously a big influence in me choosing the step to come here.”
The England youth international was in attendance for the Royals 2-2 draw with Brighton at the weekend and admitted he was impressed with the playing style the new management staff are trying to implement at the club.
“They tried to play in the right way and they got a good result in the game,” reflected Blackett. “They were trying the right things on the pitch and that’s what counts – and to get a point out of it was good.”
“As a defender, the main thing is to keep the ball out of the net and to help the team to defend well, and also to start attacks as well.
“I feel that I’m comfortable with the ball at my feet, but also without the ball as well – I think I can be good at both sides of it,” he continued.
“Under the staff and the manager, I’m sure all of the players in this team are going to develop and improve our own game.”
Blackett is hoping to settle in quickly at Reading with the Championship season underway, and is confident this will be possible as he know a few of his new teammates already from his time in the England youth ranks.
“Through the England setup there are a few boys that I’ve played with – the likes of John Swift, Jonathan Bond and Liam Moore – so there are a few boys that I’ve known throughout the years.
“And me and George Evans have played against each other for a number of years! Now we’re going to be on the same team, which is a good thing.
“The aim is to get in amongst the lads, enjoy it, and kick on for the rest of the season.”