After signing for the Royals on a season-long loan, Lucas Boyé said he is excited to play in England for the first time - following his arrival from Serie A side, Torino.
The Argentinian forward, 23, will link up with his new teammates for the first time on Friday, and he is raring to go in blue and white hoops.
"I am happy for the opportunity," he said, translated from his native Spanish. "I have seen the stadium and it is beautiful, and I am happy and very excited for this new start. Hopefully everything comes out in the best way.
"I am very eager to get started. This is a very prestigious competition, a change and a very big challenge for me. To be honest I’m ready, that is what I really want.
"My position is difficult to define. I can play across the whole attack – I have played as the number nine, through the centre, or out wide. In truth it is very difficult to define myself, but I can adapt and take any role as a forward.
Dubbed 'El Tanque' (The Tank) and 'El Toro' (The Bull) from his playing days already, the physicality of his game is something that supporters of the Royals can expect to see this season.
"In Argentina they called me that, for fighting with defenders a lot," he admitted. "The nicknames came from when I played in River. But they don’t use it that much.
"It is true that it is very physical, but I am not afraid of that. In Argentina there are also strong central defenders, like here. We will try to do our best.
"For a player, to spend a year in England is very good and I will try to take advantage of it. I will try to enjoy it at the same time and get as much from the experience as possible."