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Gunter enjoys togetherness of Royals squad

Full-back on making new signings feel welcome and getting back to competitive football

20 July 2017

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The Royals have got a squad together that is easy to get settled in with if you're a new player, and it's a group that's all pulling in the same direction, according to Chris Gunter.

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While the majority of last season's squad has stayed together, the Wales international full-back says the additions of Pelle Clement and Jón Daði Böðvarsson have been valuable to the team - as well as Wednesday night's new signing Vito Mannone.

With the squad on tour in Holland, Gunter believes this has been the perfect chance for new players to get to know their team-mates quickly ahead of the new season.

"Once you join the club, you all have the same aim so it's important that you all buy into the same thing," Gunter said.

"It's a good squad to come in to, for the ones that are here it's important to make them feel welcome. There are a lot of good guys in our squad who do make it easy to settle in to.

"That's part of our job in a way, making sure new signings can settle as quickly as possible. They're coming to help, they're all coming with the same aim of doing well and to do well for the club."

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Gunter, 27, is already looking forward to the season getting underway at Loftus Road on August 5th, getting back into the swing of a full league campaign once more.

The Wales international is no stranger to playing 55-game seasons or more, and he doesn't underestimate the role of pre-season in preparing for the long campaign ahead.

"I think the older you get, the more you realise that pre-season is just to get as fit as you can for the first game and to make sure you work and build on what you want your season to be like," he continued.

"I've had pre-seasons at the clubs I've been at where we've won every game, people are saying that we're going to do really well, and we've started poorly. I've also had pre-seasons with results that haven't been great, but we've started really well.

"People do look into stuff, that's natural, but for us we need to make sure that we get to that first game with that buzz back with points on the line."

Royals continue their pre-season preparation against Sparta Rotterdam and Cercle Brugge in Oosterbeek this Saturday.

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