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José on Bearwood, pre-season training and Spanish tour

A catch-up with the Reading boss to discuss pre-season

6 July 2019

José Gomes spoke of how impressed he was by the new development at Bearwood Park, which saw the Royals train on the new turf for the very first time on Friday.

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While construction at the site is not complete, the show pitch was ready for football - and the first team squad duly held their training session at what will eventually be the club's new day-to-day home.

Speaking for the first time since the end of last season, the Reading boss beamed when taking in the new surroundings.

“The first impression of when we arrived was the light, and the way that the pitches are protected," he said. "You can imagine a storm or when it’s raining, we have a green wall around us.

“So, it’s a very nice place. The most important thing we realised today is the grass quality, it is really good, and it’s important - the fact the players were the first players to train on the new training ground.”

“You can feel the idea behind this project, why the people who are responsible for the club - the reasons that give them courage and motivation to build this training ground is the most important thing. Of course, the top clubs can afford very good training grounds and, with this training centre, we can compete."

The man behind the significant investment to move Bearwood forward is the club's owner, Mr Yongge Dai. 

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He was present at the new training ground this morning to see the action unfold, and see how the development of the complex is coming along - alongside catching up with the manager.

"He is a very friendly person, and he’s really motivated to give everything the club needs to achieve another level," Gomes elaborated. "I think, for the young players, when they come to this training centre, they will like to see what it’s like to train on these kinds of pitches.

"And the project isn’t just the pitches, it's everything around it. A school, maybe in the future a hotel where they can live, so it was very interesting to talk to him and understand his motivation to put the club in the Premier League again, and the steps he wants to take."

This visit to the club's new training ground comes at the end of a gruelling week of pre-season training for the Royals - before heading off to Spain for a two-week training camp this weekend.

Gomes continued: "The training sessions have been fantastic, the energy all the players are giving. Of course, the fans and supporters, even the players are waiting for some new players, but we must trust our people that are working on it, and hopefully very soon we will receive some players.

"We will play around 10 friendly matches before our first official game. This way we can give all the players enough playing time, and we believe that will give them all the conditions to be really fit for our first game.

We’ll just think game by game, and how can we solve any problems from the first game, and after we will see what happens. Yes, August will be a very busy month - but it’s the Championship.

"All the players are motivated to travel and play these types of games. We have Extremadura, we have Malaga, Granada who are in La Liga again. We have Sevilla - a great team and a very, very strong opponent, which is good to test the level we are.

"But of course, everything will be better if we have our squad ready, hopefully when we play Sevilla we will have more players."


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