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Elphick: "We need a lift, hopefully I can bring that"

Defender looks forward to challenge ahead after signing from Villa

29 January 2018

Tommy Elphick says he cannot wait to get started in a Reading shirt, after signing on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

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A natural leader, Elphick has captained his three previous clubs and the centre-back says he hopes to settle into the dressing room as quickly as possible.

He'll be linking up with several former team-mates, including skipper Paul McShane, Leandro Bacuna and Yann Kermorgant, who will certainly ease the transition for him!

On what he hopes to bring to the side, Elphick said: "I'm honest, I've seen it so many times over my career where players go on loan and they see it as easy, somewhere to go and gain fitness. But I'm looking to add to the group, with one eye on the future for myself.

"When one door closes, another one opens so it gives me a great opportunity to make an impression on the fans and the manager.

"I'm honest, I give my all and whether it's a loan or permanent move, I know I'll give that!"

His leadership and defensive abilities have led Elphick to two promotions as a player so far in his career, firstly with Brighton and Hove Albion, before leading Bournemouth to the Premier League.

He says he hopes to be a positive influence in the dressing room, and he's looking forward to contributing to the style of play developed at Madejski Stadium.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge! Learning off the manager, this is a progressive club and I know we're in a sticky situation at the moment but it's a club that's going forward still.

"The club made huge strides forward last year, I remember watching the game at Villa Park last year, and we got absolutely battered for 90 minutes," he added.

"Watching it, I wanted to be a part of something like that again, playing that brand of football and the manager brings that."

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With the current run of form leaving the Royals in need of a lift going forward, Elphick says he will do everything he can to help the squad forward.

He continued: "In every sport, confidence is so key and when you watch Reading at the moment there's a bit of a lack of confidence in the group.

"We just need a lift and hopefully I can bring that, hopefully I can try and remind the players how good they are and push the manager's messages.

"Hopefully we can have an exciting end to the season!"

Elphick is eligible to be a part of the Royals' squad to face Burton Albion on Tuesday night, with tickets still available for the match at Pirelli Stadium. Click the button below for more information!


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