Marc McNulty penned a four-year deal at Madejski Stadium on Friday, joining from Coventry City to become Paul Clement’s latest recruit.
“It’s very exciting to finally be here,” McNulty said after signing on the line. “Things have been rumbling on for a couple of weeks, but to finally be here and get things done is brilliant.
“I had a chat with the manager, and he was brilliant. When I got off the phone I felt really good about myself – so I can’t wait to get started!
“It’s all happened pretty quickly today so I’ll be taking it as it comes; for the next couple of days I’ll be meeting the team and staff, and trying to settle in quickly.”
An eye-catching season at the Ricoh Arena precipitated his move to Madejski Stadium; the Scotsman registered 28 goals in all competitions.
So after the unequivocal success he experienced by firing the Sky Blues to promotion last season, he is keen to kick on and prove that he can emulate that success in the Championship in a Royals shirt.
“We had a special moment in the play-off final, and it was great to play at Wembley,” he continued. “I signed with Coventry with the aim of getting promoted, and we achieved that the difficult way – or perhaps the best way!
“I got the Man of the Match that day – and of course it was great to get the win. It’s one of those occasions you’ll remember for the rest of your days, and it was great to get promoted to League One.
“But a massive factor in me joining the club is to challenge myself at this level. To be at a club the size of Reading, and with a lot of other big clubs in the Championship, it is up to me to make that step up and see where it goes.
“Last season was a bit of a blip for Reading – this is a massive club with a good manager, who is bringing in his own players. You come here to win games and everyone at the club is in the same boat.
“With Coventry we played against Stoke in the cup, and I’ve had similar situations at Sheffield United when we’ve played Premier League teams. As a player you want to test yourself against the best players possible, and you can do it on that stage.
“Players at this level have that bit more quality and fitness than in the lower leagues; I’m still learning but I’m buzzing to get going here.”
If I can chip in with some assists that will be great, but ultimately I’m a striker and I’ve come here to score goals.
He hopes to be part of a successful side next year with Reading – and it’s clear what he hopes to bring to the team.
“I like to score goals, as all strikers do! I know that sometimes that can be hard to come by, but I’ll always give 100% and work hard for the team.
“If I can chip in with some assists that will be great, but ultimately I’m a striker and I’ve come here to score goals.”