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Harriott enjoying ‘fast start’ at Royals

11 August 2016

New Reading winger discusses his first few days at the club playing under manager Jaap Stam...

New Royals forward Callum Harriott has settled in well during his first week at the club. The young winger says he has had a warm welcome at Reading and has enjoyed getting stuck into training and getting to grips Jaap Stam’s style of play.
“Since I’ve come in everyone at the club has been really welcoming,” said the 22-year-old. “I’ve got straight into training and the intensity and learning the style of play the gaffer wants the team to play, so it’s been good so far.

“It’s been a fast start for me but it has been really good to get off to a winning start. The way we are playing football has been great and I think it benefits me. Training’s been really good, I’m learning every day and off the pitch the boys are cool.”

Harriott has been impressed by the manager since joining and feels the way he conveys his message to the team is very effective, with the players learning quickly from the Dutchman.

“The Gaffer addresses what he wants from us well and we all really respect him as a manager so it’s working very well,” commented the winger.

“It is important for us to understand the manager’s structure of play, listening and then going out on the field and applying it to the best of our ability.”

After two wins so far this season, Harriott says there is a positive feeling around the club, but the former Charlton man thinks there is still room to improve ahead of Saturday’s trip Molineux as Reading face Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship.

“I think that we’ve done that petty well so far, there is obviously room to improve but we’ve got two wins now and we’ll look to improve again against Wolves on Saturday.

“As a team we’ve done well to hold and get two wins and now we can work in training correcting the little details as we look to improve,” Harriott continued.
“It’s important that we follow the structure of the way we play this weekend, there is expectation on Wolves but I think there is big expectation on most teams this season. We’ve got to get our minds right for the game, really concentrate on the way we need to play, focus on us and let that do the talking.”

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