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John Swift in The Long Read in Saturday's issue of The Royal

Midfielder discusses 99 Royals appearances in weekend's programme

22 February 2019

It's another packed edition of The Royal this weekend, as John Swift goes through his Reading career so far in The Long Read.

Swift's next appearance in a blue and white shirt will be his 100th in Reading colours - with Rotherham United our visitors in RG2 this weekend.

Take a sneak peek of our extended chat with the Royals' playmaker:

“When you’re on loan, when it’s not going well you can just think that I’d go back to Chelsea, train with them and then go out on loan again, then it would hopefully go right.

“When I finally left and joined up for pre-season, it felt different. I had to prove myself, I had to get in the team. I’d not left before, so it was very different to going on loan and I had to prove myself this time.

“It wasn’t a case of hoping it goes well, then if it didn’t, I’d go back. If it didn’t go well, I’d be stuck. It was about proving I was ready for that level.

“It’s made me a better player, one million per cent. Playing a lot of games is hard on your body, but I think for anyone who leaves a top team because they want to get more football, unless you go to a team who plays the way you want to play, you’re going to be uncomfortable."

As ever, there's plenty more to read and learn as we get set to take on the Millers this weekend - and you'll get the extended lowdown on Paul Warne's side alongside your pre-match build-up.

Gordon Cumming is profiled in the latest instalment of the 250 Club, written by David Downs, and the 2010-11 season is reviewed in depth as part of our look back at 20 years of playing at Madejski Stadium.

Jobi McAnuff's celebrations after opening the scoring against Bristol City, in a comprehensive 4-1 win in 2010 features on the cover of this weekend's issue - available for just £3 from our sellers all around the ground or in the Megastore.

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