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Ulderink: "It looks very good so far"

Assistant manager lauds productivity in training camp...

14 July 2017

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Assistant manager Andries Ulderink says the Royals' squad is already feeling the benefits of our return to Holland this year.

This is the club's second stay in Oosterbeek, following the success of the first Dutch training camp before the start of last season.

Ulderink took some time after this morning's training session to speak to the club website, and he says he is pleased with the progress the side are making.

"Everybody's fit who's here," he said. "Two good training sessions yesterday, and another tomorrow with two games, so it looks very good so far.

"We like a very quiet environment, and having not a lot of people around so we can do our work. We can have the talks with the players, also the players have to work for 10 days.

Andries casts his eye over a training session in Oosterbeek

"Because it's really hard (work) over here, they need a rest; they need time for themselves as well. That's why we like it over here, so far everything is really great."

The Royals are getting set for four fixtures during their stay on the continent, the first two coming on Saturday against Belgian top tier side KV Kortrijk, before taking on Turkish Super Lig club Gençlerbirligi a few hours later.

Ulderlink sees these matches as ample opportunities to increase the players' match fitness and intensity ahead of the new season in the Sky Bet Championship.

"We started against QPR with 60-70 minutes for most players, now we want to go up to the full 90 minutes against two good sides," he added.

"Kortrijk and Gençlerbirligi are really good teams, so we hope to get the full 90 minutes and then next week, we can make the next step in this part of pre-season.

"It's very important to have the physical development of the players, so we hope that we get two really tough games tomorrow."

You can follow live coverage of tomorrow's friendlies via @ReadingFC on Twitter, with kick-off against Kortrijk at 2pm UK time.

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