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Swift: “I’ll work hard for the badge”

15 July 2016

Swift on a new challenge, Stam's style and scoring goals!

New midfield acquisition John Swift spoke exclusively to Reading FC Player as soon as he arrived out in Holland on Wednesday night and was thrilled to have completed a permanent move to Madejski Stadium, if understandably a little fatigued after a long and eventful day!

"Straight away when Reading and Jaap Stam came in for me, it was definitely a real option to come here - because I was excited by the football the new manager was going to play," the former Chelsea youngster explained.

"As soon as I heard there was interest from Reading, I was in to see the manager and it all happened really quickly. When I spoke to the manager, the type of football he wants to introduce suits me down to the ground. And I knew it was a really good opportunity for me to come here and play the football I want to play."

Swift signs following a successful season with Brentford and an upbringing which has included an FA Youth Cup win with Chelsea as well as a recent Toulon Tournament triumph as and England Under-21 international. And Royals fans are keen to see what he will bring to this new-look squad being formed by Stam and his coaching staff.

"I’m a player who likes to get on the ball and run with it, beat players and create things," he said. "But that won’t be all. I’m fit and I can get up and down the pitch.

"I want to get on the ball, create and score goals. But working hard for the team is the main thing – every player has got to do that in this division and the fans want to see a player who works hard for the badge. I’ll do that, 100%, in every single game I play."

Swift adds further options to a squad that is beginning to take some shape - five signings have been completed to date, with the 21-year-old midfielder following Danzell Gravenberch, Joey van den Berg, Joseph Mendes and Anssi Jaakkola through the door at Madejski Stadium.

"I am able to play in three or maybe four different positions in an attacking role, so hopefully I will get some good playing time at the start of the season.

"I’ve been on loan three times now, so I’m used to coming into new groups and getting to know new teammates – and I’m looking forward to doing that again here. And I’m here for good, so I’m really looking forward to getting to know the town and the training ground as well as my new teammates.

"Last season at Brentford was a massive step for me. It was the last year of my Chelsea contract, so I didn’t think I was going to be going out on loan - but Brentford came in and I got straight into it in the first couple of games.

"Coming from under-21 football to Championship football, it’s really hard on your body - playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday...but I got used to it last season.

"I started to play well, got my first goal and I was playing in a new position to me which is always a good experience for a young player. It was my first taste of Championship football and I enjoyed it. Hopefully now I can build on it and do even better this year!"

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