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Barrett | "This is a massive stepping stone"

Winger enjoying pre-season experience on warm climes

17 July 2019

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Josh Barrett spoke of the hard work the Royals have been doing while over in Spain, with their fitness improving all the time ahead of the new season.

This came after the Royals defeated Spanish second tier side, Extremadura in a pre-season friendly in Marbella that saw the majority of the line-up play 90 minutes for the first time on tour.


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The squad will have another opportunity to play a full match before the tour ends, with Lincoln City and Granada awaiting the Royals on Saturday.

"It was massive to get the 90 minutes," Barrett said on Tuesday night. "It’s been hard work and we need to keep working hard.

"We’ve got a long way to go until we are ready for that first game of the season, but tonight was another game that we can work from. Winning was the most important thing.

“I was knackered but the reason we are out here in these hot countries is to get used to it and it’s better for you.

“Everyone dealt with it really well. Being able to get a drink at half time and going again in the second half, then getting that goal.

“It’s a massive stepping stone and that’s what we need. Every day, we are working hard and in the back of everyone’s mind is the first game of the season, that’s the main objective. The skipper and gaffer are always drilling that into us.

“There isn’t really time to rest, it’s great for you. I feel good, and everyone else looks good. We got through 90 minutes tonight, obviously we have another couple of weeks left until the start of the season, but it looks good at the minute.

“At Reading, when you’re a youngster and going through all the age groups, you always get bred to win everything; every game.

“And for us young lads, even coming into the first team, you’ve got a lot of senior players who you look up to. You can also breed that into this, and in the U23s, we were winning loads of games last year and those players will come together - including the first team players - and everyone’s hungry.”

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