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Teddy Howe on first pre-season tour experience

Latest senior debutant enjoying his experience on Spanish training camp

15 July 2019

Young full-back, Teddy Howe, says he is relishing the chance to impress on his first-ever pre-season training camp with the first team squad.

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The right-back, 20, made his senior debut off the bench for the final moments of the 2018-19 campaign against Birmingham City back in May, becoming the 52nd Academy graduate that the club has produced.

Now that he's away with the senior squad in Estepona, Howe is enjoying plenty of match minutes and staking his claim to be involved this season.

"It's been a good test for all of the young lads, including me," he said of the progress of the tour so far.

"It's been great to get to know some of the lads that I haven't really been able to get to know before, it's quite a different experience for me.

"The first team is the big thing at a club so you always want to be involved. I've enjoyed getting to know some of the lads who play every week.

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"We're looking at our fitness and trying to get our fitness back up for the start of the season, and we played against Sevilla - one of the best teams I'm probably ever going to play against, and hopefully better teams in the future too. That was a great experience for me, and I really enjoyed it.

"I think this pre-season tour has helped a lot of people - the weather, a lot of high-intensity training, a lot of short, sharp sprints - so I feel good and ready for 90 minutes."

Although Howe's debut was a late cameo at the end of last season, it was still the culmination of a lifetime's work in our Academy ranks to get the chance to represent the Royals in a competitive game.

He hopes to push on further this time around, and really make an impression as a senior footballer.

On his debut, he added: "I didn't get on for that long so people probably didn't really notice, but I did enjoy it. When you make your debut for the club you've been at for however many years, it's a dream.

"I wanted to thank everyone who helped me throughout the Academy, I wouldn't have got there without them - so I'm really happy about that.

"I never thought I'd be able to get to that stage, there were a lot of doubters. Along the way it's been quite hard, but I got there in the end.

"Now it's about trying to stay in the team, trying to progress, showing the fans what I'm good at and try and hold myself in the team."


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