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Böðvarsson hoping to continue Royals' Icelandic pedigree

New signing joins up with first team squad in Holland...

15 July 2017

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New signing Jón Daði Böðvarsson says he is looking to follow in the footsteps of previous Icelandic Royals as he pulls on a Reading shirt this season.

The Iceland international striker joins the club following previous successful spells of Icelandic players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ivar Ingimarsson and Brynjar Gunnarsson.

Böðvarsson joined up with the first team squad in Holland late on Friday night, and will be attending both pre-season friendlies on Saturday afternoon.

After being reminded of previous Icelandic links at Madejski Stadium, the striker joked: "No pressure at all really! But they're all great players.

"I know Gylfi, I play with him in the national team, fantastic player and a really, really good person as well. Obviously Ivar Ingimarsson and Brynjar have a really good reputation here, it's nice to know that there were some Iceland players here who did well and hopefully I can do the same.

"Gylfi sent me a text to say that it was a good decision (to come here), so I'm sure I made a good decision."

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The striker hopes to make a positive impact on the team when the season gets underway, and he met his new team-mates for the first time this morning.

Böðvarsson also revealed the speed from when he knew about the Royals' interest in him, until his signing from Wolves on Friday.

"It has been maybe about a week," he elaborated. "It has been quite quick progress to be honest and that's how you want it to be.

"To get the pre-season with the team, the sooner the better, so it was great how fast it was."

Our new signing was immediately drawn to the club when he knew there was interest as well, showing a desire to join the Royals after seeing last season's run to third in the Championship table.

"Obviously Reading is a huge club here in England," he reasoned. "I was watching them last season and it was incredible, really, really good performance from the club.

"It looks very stable and family all around the club, I'm just looking forward to getting to meet the players and the staff and everybody, just to get a good vibe and feel good about it.

"I got a good vibe and everyone is really polite, so that's how you want to feel."

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