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Barrow looking forward to adopting Royals' style of play

New signing is hoping to get stuck in as a Reading FC player

4 August 2017

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New signing Modou Barrow said he is 'really happy' to be a Reading player, and he is excited to learn the Royals' style of play.

Barrow joined the Royals on Thursday night after signing from Premier League side Swansea City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

He is set to train with his new team-mates for the first time today, ahead of Saturday's first match of the season against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Speaking for the first time after his move, Barrow said: "I'm really happy to finally be here. I'm really happy that the deal is done and I'm looking forward for the new challenge.

"Everything was quick because the next moment I was back in Swansea training, I got a phone call that it was going to be done. 

"I think it's really important to start the season with the new team-mates. I think it's better to be with the team before the season starts because you get the chance to train with everybody, meet the staff, manager, so it's a really important thing for preparation for the new season.

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Barrow, 24, started his career in Sweden after moving there with his parents from his native Gambia. He moved to Swansea in 2014 and now has plenty of experience of Premier League and Championship football to bring with him to Madejski Stadium.

The winger said the style of football played under Jaap Stam impressed him when he visited while on loan at Leeds United last season, and that was a contributing factor in his decision to come to RG2.

"For me, they play really good football," he added. "I think they played really well (against Leeds), they kept the ball really well, it's the kind of football I want to play and be a part of.

"I really like the team, they played the ball a lot of times and I think the football is going to suit me here. That's why I'm happy to join this club, because of the way they're playing.

"It's like it is back in Swansea as well, keeping the ball on the ground, moving and playing football. Everyone seems happy to be a part of the team, so that was a really positive sign!"

Barrow is hoping to be in contention to be a part of the squad that plays QPR tomorrow at Loftus Road, with kick-off at 3pm in our season curtain-raiser.

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