Dave Edwards’ arrival at Reading last weekend brought a close to almost a decade spent at Molineux with Wolves. But it won’t all be new for the midfielder when he begins in earnest at Madejski Stadium.
That’s because there are a couple of familiar faces in the Royals camp. International teammates Chris Gunter and Edwards both made their competitive debuts for Wales in the same game – a Euro 2008 qualifier against an Ireland team which featured Paul McShane – and the duo are away with the Welsh side together at present.
And striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson also became a good friend to our new arrival at Molineux last year.
“It is exciting – I’m so used to my drive to work at Wolves, and I’m from Shropshire which is just down the road from there,” Edwards said. “I’ve been very comfortable in the situation so this is out of my comfort zone. But it’s something I’m really excited about.
“I probably needed a new challenge as well. Footballers don’t usually hang around that long! I’ve got to thank Wolves for everything they have done for me, but I am really excited about what this season is going to bring.
“It’s always nice when you join a new club if you know a few familiar faces. It is always daunting walking through the front door and not knowing anyone, so hopefully they’ll help me out! I’ve played with Gunts since I was about 18 or 19 years old, so I’ve played a lot of football with him.
“And Jón Daði signed for Wolves last year and I got on really well with him – we became quite close as friends so it is nice that we can meet up again. He was the favourite player of my boy Jack at Wolves – he was gutted when he left so he’ll be delighted that he will get to see him again!”