Charlie Adam, the Royals’ newest recruit, is keen to play his part on and off the field for Reading to try to drive the team towards success.
At the age of 33, he is as hungry as ever to get the taste of victory, and is also relishing being one of the senior heads in a young dressing room.
“I’m delighted to be here,” he began. “After leaving Stoke after seven years, it has been a long summer. I had a few options and I have chosen Reading.
“I came to meet the owner and a few people around the club, and I felt that it was a project that I wanted to be part of.
“We’ve got a young squad, and I think my experience and the knowledge I have of the Premier League and the Championship will help these young players develop into the top players that the club think that they have the potential to be.
“It never goes – the burning desire to win stays with you. I’ve got that. I want to try to play as well as I can, and to help the younger players to reach a different level.
“I was used to getting help from senior players, and now I want to be one of the senior players who tries to help the younger ones – picking and choosing the moments in games to do things, and being that good professional in the club.
“I look forward to working with the manager. It’ll be a different style – I’ve seen Reading play a few times last season and how they want to play out from the back. What it’ll come down to is winning games, and that’s what we want to try to do.
“I’ve got some minutes in playing at Blackburn, so I’m in good nick. I’ll hope to play a part in a couple of the pre-season games, and then be ready to start the season against Sheffield Wednesday.”