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"I like to lead and help everyone" - Yiadom

Defender hopes to bring further leadership qualities to Royals

19 May 2018

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Andy Yiadom says he cannot wait to become a Royal, when he puts pen to paper on a four-year deal on 1st July.


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The full-back will be joining from Barnsley - where he was made captain last season - and he says he is excited by the prospect of learning under manager, Paul Clement.

Speaking to iFollow, Yiadom said: “I’m looking forward to it, to getting ready and starting pre-season – get the hard work out of the way and crack on!

“Paul Clement has come here, Reading are a big club. They get it down and play football and that’s something I’m looking forward to doing.

“He’s managed the best. I’m looking forward to going there, learning from him and seeing what I can do to improve my game.

“There has been speculation, but it’s good to get it done and put my mind at ease. I’ll do what I have to do to get back fit, crack on and get going.

“It’s not dragging out, it’s done nice and early so I’m looking forward to it."

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His career has been in the ascendency after playing his first senior football at Non-League Hayes & Yeading United, before rising through the divisions to spend two seasons in the Championship with Barnsley and win his first senior caps with Ghana.

Yiadom has also been club captain at two of his previous clubs, with the London-born full-back hoping to bring his leadership qualities and add them to the group in RG2.

“I was captain at Barnet and Barnsley, so with my attributes I like to lead and help everyone," he added. "That’s something I can hopefully bring to Reading as well.

“Obviously I started in Non-League and I’ve worked my way back up. I just want to keep kicking on and hopefully, when I get here, we can do that at Reading.

“In the last two seasons I’ve worked hard to improve, I want to get better as well so I can improve to the next level with Reading.

“I went to the African Cup of Nations last year, which was a really good experience. It’s different and I was really, really proud of that moment as well."

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For those who haven't seen him in action before, Yiadom offered a synopsis of what he hopes to bring to the team and how he's looking forward to the fight for a place in the starting line-up.

“I like to get forward, I like to win tackles and play with a lot of heart and desire to get everything going," he continued.

“Everywhere you go, you want competition. There are really good players at this club and that’s something I’m looking forward to, learning off them and the competition also.

“Coming to the training ground and seeing what it’s like, I’m looking forward to coming back and getting going.

“The training ground’s nice, I heard they’re moving into a new one soon so that’s something I’m looking forward to.

“I want to get promoted – I think that’s the main achievement.

“We’ve got the pedigree here, we’ve got the manager to do it and we’ve got the players to do it. If everyone gets together I think we can definitely achieve that.”

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