Josh Sims says he wants to make his mark on the Royals team, with another group of tough games awaiting the squad in the coming weeks.
Having had a fortnight without a match, the winger says he wants to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.
Sims has made a series of impacts off the bench for the Royals so far, but hopes to go one step further and show what he's capable of over the course of 90 minutes.
He said the international break came at a good time for Reading, giving the squad a chance to regroup.
"It's been a good time to reflect on results in the previous games and how we can improve on them in the future," Sims said.
"A few of the boys have been away but everyone came back in on Thursday. It was the first day where everyone was back together training, so everyone's looking forward to the game against Preston.
"When you're in the rhythm of playing games it's hard to have a complete stop and then get going again, but I think everyone is raring to go at Preston.
"If we pick up a good result I think we can always take the confidence into the following game, and momentum too."
Having joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Southampton a few weeks ago, Sims adds that he feels comfortable in his new surroundings for the campaign ahead.
"It has been a good three weeks for me. I feel settled in, everyone has been really welcoming and I'm right at home now.
"For me, it's a matter of getting game time and just showing what I can do.
"Obviously I'd like to start the next games but I need to show the manager why I need to start in training. That's where it starts, so hopefully I can push for a first team place.
"When you first come to a team, you learn how the other players play and what the manager wants. I feel ready to really push on."