Royals' manager Jaap Stam has praised the attitude and work-rate of the young players who made the trip to Holland with the first team.
A host of players travelled to Holland who are without previous first team experience with the Royals. While he admits that the youngsters had been feeling a bit fatigued with the high intensity expected of them, Stam says that they deserve plaudits for how they handled themselves.
Almost all of the young players gained valuable senior minutes as the Royals played four friendly matches in Holland, giving the young talents opportunities to impress while the squad was in Oosterbeek.
Speaking after Saturday's friendlies, the gaffer said: "I think they enjoyed it, I think they liked being around the first team players; to be around them, train with them, to do well.
"But also they get tired, and that's normal because they need to work hard. It's a different intensity that we have compared with the Under-23s, which is normal, but they've been doing very well here.
"In their mindset they've been great. They've been willing to listen to the older players, looking for progress every time themselves.
"They've done well, so you need to give them a great compliment in how they've done in these 10 or 11 days, but also in the weeks before."
Highlights from all four of our friendlies in Holland are now available on iFollow, with our final pre-season action taking place against Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday July 29th at Adams Park, Wycombe, with kick-off at 3pm.