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Barrett hopes to show what he can do after penning new contract

Youngster relishing Coventry loan in second half of season

28 December 2017

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Josh Barrett says he is relishing his chance to shine as he signed a new contract with the Royals recently.

This new deal extends his stay with the club until 2021, having joined the Academy aged only 8!

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Having topped the goalscoring charts for our U23s all season, scoring eight times, the 19-year-old winger has also agreed to join Coventry City on loan until the end of the season, from January 1st.

He says this experience of senior league football will do him the world of good, as he hopes to establish himself in senior football before returning to the Royals in the summer.

He said: "It's been a good start to the season with the U23s. I played in a cup game with the first team, I haven't been involved as much as I would like but I'm obviously happy to commit my future to Reading, and hopefully one day get in the first team.

"Right now I've got a chance to go out on loan and play in 'proper' football, go and enjoy myself and hopefully come back in pre-season and hopefully get another chance to prove to everyone that I'm good enough to be playing in the first team.

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"I've been here for such a long time, 11 years now, getting another chance to be here for another three years is exciting.

"What the manager has done with the team and the club in the way we play, he's put that into the U23s as well and it's exciting, the fans should be excited.

"There have been a few ups and downs this season already, but I feel like it'll come good and I'm excited for next season when I come back in, I can kick forward and hopefully be in his plans."

With his loan move to Coventry City secured from the start of January, he says he is excited by the chance to play at a club with historic pedigree and a hopeful promotion push from League Two this season.

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He also credits the Checkatrade Trophy and Carabao Cup for helping him get acclimatised to senior football, having had a smattering of appearances in those competitions as well this season.

"I'm going to enjoy myself and do as well as I can at Coventry," Barrett added. "These games give you that kick forward to getting used to that kind of football.

"For those of us who will go out on loan and have new experiences, those games are key for us in moving forward in our careers and when you train with the first team, you're used to the physical side of it.

"I want to go to Coventry and win games. I've won a lot of games this season with the U23s, hopefully go and get amongst the goals and assists, win games and hopefully push forward up the league.

"Hopefully we can get a promotion or get into the play-offs and get to Wembley, I'm excited for it and looking forward to it now."

We wish Josh the very best of luck when he joins the Sky Blues on loan in January, and he could make his debut in the FA Cup as Coventry welcome Stoke City of the Premier League.

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