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Moore reveals importance of Stam factor

22 August 2016

New Royals defender can't wait to start work with boss Jaap Stam...

New signing Liam Moore was delighted to complete his move to Reading after a drawn-out transfer process, and was clear in his mind he wanted to join the club as soon as manager Jaap Stam registered his interest.

“It was flattering to have the interest from Reading Football Club,” admitted Moore. “It’s a big club and it was a decision that I decided to make at Leicester to move on.

“I’ve got to be honest – a big part of that was Jaap Stam.  He is one of the best to have played the game in that position and I’m just looking forward to picking his brains and learning everything I can.

“Reading is a club moving forward and I want to be part of that,” continued the 23-year-old.  “I want to plan moving forward as well, and a long-term contract here is perfect for me as I can really look to the future now.”

Moore has been keeping a close eye on his new club in recent days and feels his style of play will suit the type of football Stam is trying to implement at Madejski Stadium.

“I’ve been watching Reading over the last couple of weeks – I know that they are a possession-based team,” said the defender. “In teams like that you have also have to have a solid defender and a solid base to allow the attackers to do what they can do.

“I know that the manager has seen clips of me doing that – I like to keep the ball out the back of the net; that’s my first and foremost priority.  If I can also start attacks from there, we’ll go from there.

“I really enjoy defending – I do whatever it takes to stop a goal.  Hopefully I’ll be able to impress the manager and the fans and we can move forward together.”

The former Leicester man has already tasted success at Championship level with the Foxes and wants to have more of the same with the Royals sooner or later. The centre-back pointed out there is a good mix of youth and experience at the club which, in his eyes, are ingredients for success.

“Success is what we’re all after,” insisted Moore. “We don’t play in this game to be mediocre and head for mid-table – we want to look up the league.  It might take time to build but that’s what we’ll be doing.  That’s one of the things that sold me this club – it’s moving forward.

“It’s good to have people around the same age mixed with experience, such as the captain Paul McShane and others – it’s good to build on that,” he continued.

“The buzz that players get on a Saturday is indescribable – I’m buzzing to be part of that again and really crack on.”

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