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McShane hoping for another promotion push this season

Skipper discusses young players, the Holland training camp and more...

14 July 2017

Reading captain Paul McShane has rallied his team-mates to put in a pair of strong performances in the first of our friendly double-headers in Holland on Saturday.

The skipper also believes the benefits of our pre-season training camp in Holland can bring positive results in the Championship this season.

Several younger players have also travelled with the first team on the tour, something which McShane believes has helped the youngsters get used to the demands of senior football.

He said: "The lads have been good, they're very good players. They can all play, and it's now all about the young lads, there's a chance there for them to impress the manager and that's got to be their aim.

"Their intensity in training needs to be high every day and try and catch the coaches' and especially the manager's eye.

"We've all been there. I knew that when I was a youth team player coming into the first team in pre-season, it was quite a daunting experience.

"It's about how you handle that and it does hold you in good stead. It's about having the right attitude and doing everything correctly, I'm sure the lads with the right attitude and application definitely have a chance in the game."

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McShane is under no illusions about the challenges facing the Royals this season, though, following up from an impressive third place finish in the Championship last campaign.

The captain believes the secluded nature of the pre-season training camp in Oosterbeek will help the squad immeasurably before the weekly grind of Championship football from August.

He said of the training camp: "It's an area where you can really focus on what you need to be doing. It's pretty much training and resting, but it's where you get your foundations for the upcoming season.

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"It's a step up again, though, we've got to keep getting better and better because teams will be onto us this season and we need to be much better at what we've been doing.

"That's why the intensity is so high again because we just want to keep improving, to get to where we want to be at the end of the season, which is promotion."

Meeanwhile, new signing Jón Daði Böðvarsson will be joining up with his new team-mates in due course, having just signed for the Royals on a three-year deal from Wolves for an undisclosed fee.

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