Today, the Royals squad head out to the Netherlands in a return to Oosterbeek for a pre-season training camp and the group consists of a total of 26 first team and Under-23 players.
John Swift is set to join up with his teammates for the first time this summer after he was granted extended leave following his participation in England Under-21s’ European Championships tournament – an international adventure which only reached its conclusion at the end of June when Aidy Boothroyd’s men were beaten on penalties in the semi-finals against Germany.
Callum Harriott, Yann Kermorgant, Garath McCleary, Joseph Mendes and Tennai Watson miss out through injury, while Ali Al Habsi and Dominic Samuel are also not included in the travelling party as they have each been given permission to hold talks with other clubs with a potential view to a move away from Madejski Stadium.
That gives some of our young Academy graduate talent a chance to impress manager Jaap Stam and his coaching staff out in Holland – goalkeepers Liam Driscoll, Lewis Ward and George Legg, defender Omar Richards, midfielders Josh Barrett, Ryan East, Tyler Frost and Andy Rinomhota and strikers Sam Smith and Danny Loader are included as part of the travelling contingent.
The full list of those heading out to Holland is below in alphabetical order…
Joey van den Berg
The Royals will compete in two pre-season double headers against overseas opposition from three different countries during our ten day stay in Holland next month.
On Saturday 15th July, the Royals will take on Belgian top flight side KV Kortrijk behind closed doors - kick-off scheduled for 3pm (local time). Then, three and a half hours later, Reading will take on Turkish top tier outfit Gençlerbirliği, kick-off 6.30pm (local time).
The following week will then be spent on the training pitch for a group of players looking to bolster their fitness levels ahead of the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Then on Saturday 22nd July, another double header will end the summer’s stay in Holland – as Jaap Stam’s side play two more fixtures locally, both again played behind closed doors.
Sparta Rotterdam will be our opponents when we kick off the first of those fixtures at 11am (local time) – the Eredivisie side travelling across the Netherlands to take on the Royals in Oosterbeek. Then at 1.30pm (local time), Reading will take on their second Belgian side of the pre-season tour – second tier side Cercle Brugge giving the Royals their final run out in Holland.