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"I'm impressed with everything" - Meyler

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28 June 2018

David Meyler says he has enjoyed the first week of pre-season training with the Royals, all the while getting used to his new surroundings at Hogwood.

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The Republic of Ireland international agreed to join the club on an initial two-year deal earlier in the month, and Meyler likes what he has seen so far from his new team-mates.

“I’ve really enjoyed meeting up with the lads and getting involved in training," he said. "It’s a new environment, but it’s been a very good, productive three days.

“It’s beautiful here, I’ve been told a lot about the weather and living down South, but it’s really nice and the training ground is really organised.

“It’s well laid out for every player and I’m very impressed with everything.

“There are some very, very good players here. You’re trying to find your feet but the lads have all been very welcoming."

Paul Clement said that pre-season will be the first chance for him to develop his playing style as Reading manager, and Meyler says the Royals have set to work straight away in their preparations for the new season.

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“Training has been really good and that’s the way the manager wants it," he added. "He wants it intense and it’s been a tough few days but a good few days.

“I think the manager touched on it the other day in the press, he’s very happy with the way everybody was. Obviously we’ve done a lot of running, a lot of ball work, but it’s been very good.

“The lads are excited. They’ve had the time off so we’re looking forward to getting pre-season underway. We’ve got the games coming up, the manager has planned a lot of games, which is good. We’ll be ready for Derby.

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“It’s the first time I’ve worked with the manager – I’ve played with Paul (McShane) and Sone (Aluko) before so I know them.

"I’ve worked with a couple of others before from playing against them, but it’s an idea for me to understand the way these players play. Then, obviously, implementing the way the manager wants to play.

“We’ve worked for the last few days on shape, which is important. We’re getting a good understanding of what’s required from us going forward."

The first test of what the Royals have been doing in training will be at Eastleigh on Saturday lunchtime - with the National League side lining up against Paul Clement's side at the Silverlake Stadium.

“It’s quite surprising to be playing a game so soon in pre-season but I’m looking forward to it," Meyler continued. "The lads said earlier on in the changing room that this is what we want to do – we want to play games. We want to win, each game progresses up in the opposition.

“It’s a good start for us, we want to win the game and get fitness out of it, but work on what we’ve been training.”


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