Chris Martin has lined up on the other side of the teamsheet on a number of occasions in the past 18 months or so… our four-and-a-half fixtures last term against his Fulham side, plus a 4-2 win for the Royals at Derby earlier this season, mean he knows a little bit about what kind of team he’s joining!
The forward can’t wait to get going under Jaap Stam and hopefully contributing towards a push up the league standings.
“Everyone knows about Jaap as a player and I’ve seen how his team works with him as the manager,” Martin said. “I’ve heard some very, very positive stuff to this point so I can’t wait to begin working with him.
“He has a very clear philosophy and likes to play football in the right way – very good football with an attacking brand. Hopefully I can come in and contribute to that.
“It’s a very good team, full of extremely good players. At the moment, as much as you can say it’s a false position for the team to be in, looking from the outside I know that the boys have the quality to be higher up the table and to have produced better results. Hopefully that is something we can do moving forward.
“Last season with Fulham, we set out to try and stop Reading from playing but you got the better of us! They were extremely tough games, especially the play-off games, and the lads fought extremely hard.
“I know all about the quality here and I’m just here to try and help out in the best way I can. Hopefully I can score a few goals and we can make our way up the table.
“I’ll try to help in any way possible. I’ve played a lot of games in this division and I know what it’s all about. I’ve been relatively successful until this point and hopefully I can contribute to some successful days, and we can start looking up the table.”
The forward is feeling fit and fresh to contribute – he’s hoping to get into his stride quickly.
“I’m ready to play from the get-go – but I understand that the manager has decisions to make and that there are players here who have been playing up to this point,” he continued. “So I’m not expecting anything so far!
“But I feel good – I’ve been involved with the squad at Derby for the whole season.
“I haven’t played as many minutes as I’d have liked so I might be a touch short in terms of playing the 90 minutes, but apart from that I feel good and ready to go.
With 17 games remaining in the campaign, this offers a challenge for the forward to see whether he can help push Reading into a positive position.
“I had a few options myself, so it was about trying to assess the best option for me. With the quality of the lads here and the pedigree of the manager, there was a big pull for me to come here.
“It’s time to look up the table! There have been some hairy moments up to this point but after an excellent victory at Burton, now we can start to push on and chase teams down and see where that takes us.”
Chris could debut this Saturday against Millwall, and Tommy Elphick could make his first home appearance. So make sure you're there!