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Rinomhota | "Healthy competition boosts morale"

Midfielder excited by new additions ahead of Hull clash

9 August 2019

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Andy Rinomhota is relishing the competition for places in the Royals' starting line-up, following the arrival of four new players in the last 48 hours for Reading.

Lucas João, Rafael, Pelé and George Puscas all penned deals to become Royals for the season ahead, bolstering the options at José Gomes' disposal.

The manager admitted that the new arrivals have given him 'good headaches' in terms of his next starting line-up, as the Royals look to get points on the board after an opening day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

On the curtain raiser, Rinomhota said: "Everyone wanted to start well and get the three points to get us off the mark this season, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

"I thought we were quite unlucky in the game, but it's one of those things. Sheffield Wednesday were good at what they did and they made it hard for us. But moving onto the next one, hopefully we'll get the three points in the next game.

"A few new signings have come in and they'll be looking to kick on and do well - which is also a boost for us. It lifts everyone, raises everyone's game and everyone is now competing for places.  

"No-one's guaranteed to start, so it's good, healthy competition and it boosts the whole morale for the squad.

"All the young lads who played pre-season all did well, everyone's in for their own opportunity to start - so it just depends on who is performing on game days."

The next chance for the Royals to impress will come at the KCOM Stadium, with opponents Hull starting the season with a 2-1 away defeat to Swansea City on the opening day - but the Tigers will be out to impress on their first home outing of the new campaign.

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"Hull have got a few good players, we saw that last season," Rinomhota added. "Similar to the game against Sheffield [last weekend], we were pushing them and then maybe got caught and conceded late on against the run of play. 

"We'll be wary of that this time on the counter-attack, but we'll go there looking for the win and to get the three points.

"Against any opposition, we'll go into it with the same mentality. It'll be a different game plan against some teams but we'll always be looking for the same result, which is the win.

"It's quite a busy period at the start of the season, especially when you're still in the cups but thankfully the new signings have bolstered the squad, so we can rotate and give everyone game time, so everyone is feeling as fresh as they can in that sense."

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