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Jaakkola relishing team bonding in Holland

Goalkeeper is happy to see togetherness in Royals squad

13 July 2017

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Anssi Jaakkola is looking forward to seeing the Royals bond as a team while the Royals are training in Holland.

The Finnish goalkeeper is about to start his second season in English football, and he is hoping to continue to improve as a player with the Royals this season.

Speaking to the club website about his development, he said: "Playing from the back and distribution, I'm sure I've managed to improve that part of my game, and it's been good.

"You're always looking forward to the pre-season friendlies, and getting to play different opponents; it kind of breaks the normal training routine.

"It's never easy to come into pre-season as a new player, but this season it's much easier because I'm already a part of the team.

"It's good to be back here, we were here last year as well and it's good to be spending some time with the lads and making the team bond together."


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As fellow goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi has not made the trip with the squad, Jaakkola is the only senior shot-stopper in Holland, with three youngsters also in the travelling party. 

Jaakkola is happy to see young players in Holland with the first team, though, adding: "I'm the only senior goalkeeper (here) at the moment, it's good to work with the younger boys and they keep me on my toes. Hopefully I can push them forward as well."

The Royals play their first double-header of the Holland trip on Saturday, with KV Kortrijk and Gençlerbirligi the opponents. We'll have every kick covered for you on our club social media accounts and website.

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