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McShane pleased with Aluko link-up

Captain knows all about the qualities of his former Hull teammate

4 September 2017

Paul McShane says he's pleased to be welcoming Sone Aluko to the Royals, with his former Hull City colleague signing for the club last week.

Aluko arrived on a four-year deal from Fulham near the end of the transfer window, and McShane is well aware of the quality he possesses.

The pair were both members of the Tigers' promotion-winning side in the 2012-13 season, and McShane is delighted to be linking up with the dangerous forward once more.

The captain said: “He’s a good lad - I had a great time with him at Hull and then we were split up, I left Hull and he stayed there for another year.

"I’m glad now that he’s here because I think he’s a very, very good player and he can definitely make a difference.

“He’s also a good lad to have around the training ground because he works hard, he’s open and he’s good to talk to. He’s a clever guy, and I’m happy that he’s here.

“It’s important to bring in the right characters that will fit well into the group because I do feel we have a good group here.

“You definitely need to look into people’s characters and attitudes and I think we’ve brought in not only good players, but good personalities and characters."


McShane and Aluko lined up against each other as opposing captains, when Fulham visited the Madejski in August.

Aluko was the last of the Royals' seven summer signings, with McShane also putting pen to paper on a one-year contract extension, taking his stay in the blue and white hoops up until 2019.

The attacker is in with a chance of making his debut against Bristol City when the Championship starts again on Saturday, and McShane believes he'll be a tough proposition for any defence in the league.

“It might be a relief now because I don’t have to kick him all the time!" McShane quipped. "He’s a very good player, very skilful, always playing against Fulham you knew he was a big threat.

“You’d always be looking out for those pockets he’d pick up between the midfield and defence, he was very productive for Fulham so hopefully he can bring that form into Reading and take us to the next level."


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