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"I'm trying to get a run of games to really prove myself" - Sims

Winger raring to go for full season after loan signing

21 August 2018

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Josh Sims is determined to make an impact for Reading this season following his arrival from Southampton on a season-long loan.

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Speaking about his excitement to be joining the club, Sims said: “I’m delighted; it all happened quite quickly over the course of the last few days but I am delighted to be here now and meet the players and the staff and I look forward to the games ahead.”

He was present at the Madejski on Saturday as Reading were defeated 1-0 by Bolton Wanderers.

Speaking on the game, he remarked: “I thought we played well and created a lot of chances which is a good sign, we maybe just need to get the goals when we get the chances - but I think overall it was a good performance.”

Despite the early setbacks at the start of the season, Sims is looking forward to adapting to the style of play that Paul Clement uses and is confident that the Royals can upturn their fortunes.

“I think the philosophy of what the manager wants and how the team plays can definitely benefit me, and I’m definitely looking forward to playing.

“That’s why I’m here I think, they play football that I enjoy.

“The foundations are there and the way they play football and how they look to attack is definitely there, it’s just the hardest bit now by hitting the ball in the back of the net.

"There’s a long way to go and I’m sure we’ll do well by the end of the season.”

The winger has been at Southampton since 2011, when he joined their academy aged 14.

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After impressing in the Under-23s, the former England U20 international made his professional debut in the starting line-up for the Saints against Everton in November 2016.

He provided the assist for Charlie Austin in the first minute of his first senior appearance and Southampton won the game 1-0.

Sims continued to impress for Southampton, playing in the Europa League and providing the winning assist for former Royal, Shane Long as the Saints reached the 2017 Carabao Cup final, by beating Liverpool in the semis.

Having gained valuable first team experience with 13 outings for the Saints, Sims says he is relishing the opportunity to take part in a full league campaign with the Royals.

“I got my chance at Southampton. There were a couple of injuries and I got my break and I had a good few games in the first team, but I think now’s a good time for me to go out on loan so I can prove myself week in week out.”

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