New signing on his Jaap, his playing style, and a new challenge“This is a great challenge and I’m looking forward to it,” said Joey van den Berg after penning a two-year deal at Madejski Stadium.
“I trained under Jaap Stam at PEC Zwolle and we had a good relationship. He mentioned me here at the club, and I’m very pleased that he did! I’m happy to be here now.”
And there is little doubt why Joey’s name was added to Jaap’s list of transfer targets. The Royals gaffer admitted that the midfield man’s winning spirit was a key reason he wanted to bring his compatriot to Madejski Stadium.
“I don’t like losing – I really want to win,” continued Van den Berg. “That’s something I will do every game on the pitch and try to do my best. We’ll see what the result is, but you can’t do more than that – if you try 100 per cent of the time, you know you did everything you can.
“I am passionate about the game and I want to win every game. From what I have seen on television, the games here are really fast and everybody gives 100 per cent. That’s my kind of style of play.
“So I hope I can fit in and do a little bit extra rather than just running and fighting – maybe also I can show good ball control and good technique.”
It is the first time that the Dutchman will have plied his trade outside his homeland. And he is relishing the thought of a fresh test and a chance to get stuck into one of the world’s most challenging leagues.
“I see this as one big challenge – and I’m ready to take that challenge on and I hope it works out,” he continued. “The main thing was to come here and trigger myself again for new things… I’ve seen all the stadiums in Holland three or four times! So I am very pleased that Reading have given me a chance to play here with Jaap.
“In the Championship you have 24 teams in one competition, so you have game after game after game. There is nothing better than playing games. Training is training, but games it what it is all about.
“But pre-season is also an important time for Jaap and the squad to form a real team and to become a unit. This is what we’re going to do, so I’m looking forward to getting out on the training pitch and meeting my new teammates. We’ll see where can go from there.”