David Meyler says he wants to help propel Reading back to the top table of English football, after agreeing to sign for the Royals.
The experienced Republic of Ireland international midfielder, who last week celebrated his 29th birthday, will join Paul Clement’s squad upon the expiration of his deal at Hull City on 1st July.
“I’m delighted and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he said. “As I said previously, I was looking for ambition and I spoke to the manager – he lined that out for me and I want to get this club promoted.
“We spoke about the way he wants to play, what he wants to do and where he thinks this club should be. The focus is to get back to the Premier League and that’s what I’m here to do.
“I’m committed – I give 100% to everything I do. I’m coming here to get back to the Premier League and win promotion. That’s my aim, that’s the manager’s aim and that’s what I want to do.”
With career highlights that include captaining his country and playing in the FA Cup Final, Meyler hopes to be a part of a squad that can bring plenty of big occasions to Madejski Stadium going forward.
“For me, the biggest thing as a footballer is playing in big occasions,” he added. “I’ve been very fortunate to play in an FA Cup Final, play for my country, I’ve won promotion out of this division twice.
“Having those moments and being involved in them is incredible, especially for fans and everyone involved, that’s got to be the target.
“In my time at Hull I helped create history, I want to come here and create our own piece of history.”
Meyler says he is looking forward to working under a manager with the pedigree of Clement, who took the reins with the Royals after spells as assistant at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, among others.
“I think if you look at his CV, I know he’s been assistant manager and coach at some massive clubs throughout Europe,” Meyler continued.
“He has experience of winning, he knows what it takes to win and that’s what it’s all about, really. It’s about winning games and in the Championship, it’s a tough division.
“It’s a 46-game season so there are a lot of Saturday-Tuesdays, and we’ve got to try and win as many games as we can.
“The idea is to get in and get a full pre-season, get to know the lads and, obviously, I do know a few of them!
“It’s going to be fun! I’m looking forward to it because it’s a new challenge, I’ve been at Hull for six years so it’s something different and I’m looking forward to it.
“As much as it’s good to settle in quickly, it’s about winning. I just want to win games and, once you start winning, that brings the camaraderie together and the lads are all looking forward to the next game. That’s got to be our aim.”