Callum Harriott expressed his delight at returning to action - after a hamstring injury that has kept him on the sidelines for 18 months.
He came on for the second half as the Royals took on Eastleigh in their first pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon.
Having come through unscathed and wanting to make up for lost time on the pitch, Harriott said he hopes to contribute once again for the Royals.
Speaking after the match, he said: "For me, it's been a tough time since I've been out. It's been a long injury and I'm happy that I've grafted through it.
"It's obviously frustrating knowing that it's been so long, but it's the best thing to be back outside on the field.
"It was my hamstring - I pulled a tendon so I had to have an operation. Unfortunately it's one of those injuries that takes a long time.
"It's not something that I could rush back - obviously I would have loved to rush back and give it another go! But the main thing is that I put it right and go again this season."
Looking at the wider picture of the season itself, Harriott hopes to make his presence felt in the Reading team and contribute to the campaign.
"It's a big season for us, not just myself," he elaborated. "From last season we want to push ourselves a lot harder and do our best in the shirt.
"For me, I hope to stay injury free and keep giving everything I have towards the team.
"I was really happy to be out there again, it's the best feeling for me and I'm just looking forward to the rest of the season.
"You give everything every day in training and make sure you're doing the right things out of training. We have a new manager now but the main thing is to really push this year and hopefully we can do it."