Dave Edwards says he and the Royals hope to put a disappointing campaign behind them and put it right with a good start to the 2018-19 season.
He adds that he feels well-rested after spending the close season with family, having announced his international retirement earlier this year.
Edwards is keen and raring to go for another tilt at the Championship this season, having rejoined his team-mates when the squad reconvened on Monday.
On the summer break, he said: “I think in the first couple of weeks, it’s really nice to be away and get your feet up and relax. But as it gets towards the end of the off-season, you’re looking forward to getting back, seeing the boys again and putting right a few wrongs from last year.
“Because there were no internationals for me this year, it was just purely seven weeks with my family which I really enjoyed. Being away from them a lot during the season, it’s nice spending some time with them and I really enjoyed that aspect of it."
Manager Paul Clement put the squad on fitness regimes to keep them in shape, so that they could hit the ground running during their intense schedule ahead.
“Modern day football doesn’t allow you to have as much of a break in terms of fitness and diet, from what I was maybe perhaps used to when I first started out!" Edwards continued.
“You have to look after yourself, but it’s important that you do and get your legs up for a little bit. It’s a long, hard season – especially last year – hopefully everyone comes back fresh.
“Last year was so disappointing on so many levels, it’s important that we start the season well. We’re a settled group, if we make that good start hopefully we can carry on that momentum because the Championship is all about that.
“We’ve got a good game to start with so let’s concentrate on having a good pre-season leading into that.”