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Loader 'privileged' to link up with first team

Youngster says he's 'learning a lot' while out in Oosterbeek...

14 July 2017

Young striker Danny Loader spoke about the honour of joining up with Reading's senior team for the Royals' pre-season trip to Holland.

Jaap Stam's side have been in Oosterbeek since Wednesday, and preparations are underway for our first double-header of the tour on Saturday - Loader, who signed pro terms at Madejski Stadium less than a week ago, is part of the 26-man travelling party.

Speaking to the club website, Loader enthused: "It's been a really good couple of days with the squad, I've been learning a lot.

"It has been hard work as well, but we're prepared for Saturday and for the rest of the games, so it should be good.

"It's a really big privilege to be called up to the first team, but the hard work doesn't stop here. I just need to keep pushing, every day I'm learning more stuff from the coaching staff and everyone around.

"The players are very experienced, so they can pass their experience onto me which helps me as a player and as a person."

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Loader also represented England at the Under-17 European Championships recently, in which the Young Lions unfortunately lost out in the final against Spain on penalties.

After appearances for the Royals' U18s and U23s last season, Loader is hoping to continue his progress in the same vein this time around.

He made a sparkling start to his first involvement with the senior squad; he struck four times on his first outing against QPR last weekend.

"It has been a really good year for me," he added. "Carrying on with the England squad, going from the U16s to U17s, the Euros was a fantastic experience.

"In the final, we couldn't get over that last hurdle, but it was a good experience overall.

"I'm just hoping to getting better in all aspects of my game. For me, (QPR) doesn't really change anything. I just need to keep pushing on."

The Royals take on KV Kortrijk in the first of our double-header in Holland, with kick-off in Oosterbeek at 2pm UK time.


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