New arrival looks ahead to starting his Royals careerDanzell Gravenberch became our newest arrival this week when the 22-year-old agreed a three-year deal to take him from FC Dordrecht to Madejski Stadium.
The Dutch defender – who is also capable of playing a holding-midfield role – spent time training with the team at Hogwood Park before agreeing his move.
And we caught up with our first signing ahead of the new season to find out about his career to date and ambitions with the Royals.
“I’m very happy and thankful to be at Reading,” said Gravenberch. “It’s a very nice team. I got on well with the teammates here whilst I was training and they play some very good football, so I like it here.
“I’m looking forward to getting started and I’m focused now on the beginning of the season. I like England and I’ve always wanted to play football here. The league is very competitive so I am very happy to be here.
“I’ve seen a few Reading games and other teams in the Championship. It is a very tough league but I hope Reading can be competitive next season and I will make myself ready for it.
“The team is full of good players and good guys so I don’t have any problem getting along with them. It was a great start to my career coming through the academy at Ajax, and a great experience, I’ve moved on from that time now though and looking forward to getting started with Reading.
“I’m a centre-back and can also play in defensive midfield, and I will give everything for Reading! It is great to come to Reading because it has a history of developing young players and I am looking forward to enjoying my time here.
“Before I link up with the players I will be training by myself and will make sure I am good and ready for when we come back.”