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Olise | "It's a proud moment for me and my family"

Youngster reflects on first team debut

25 March 2019

Michael Olise spoke of the pride he felt in making his senior debut as a Reading player, while still a first-year scholar with the club.

The 17-year-old playmaker came off the bench with a tough task in front of him, with league leaders Leeds in control at Madejski Stadium a fortnight ago.

But the youngster impressed on his first appearance and went on to start the following match, away at Stoke City - which was the last time Reading were in action before the international break.

As is now traditional with our Academy, Olise has since had his debut shirt framed and given to him, and his name is now immortalised on our Academy Honours Board at Madejski Stadium. 

On earning his senior debut, Olise said: "It was a proud moment for me and my family to experience that. Leeds were a good side, but when I came on I thought I'd done alright.

"And at Stoke, the conditions were tough to play in but I thought, as a team, we stayed in the game, which was vital. We got our chances, but it wasn't meant to be.

"It was a good experience and a good game to play in. With the quality of the players and the physicality, it was hard to play in but you get used to it.

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"Training with the first team has been good, the players have all been welcoming and I've just got to try and do what I'm there for.

"It's good that the manager has shown faith in young players, that's helped my confidence a lot. It shows all the Academy players that he's willing to give young players a chance if you're good enough.

"I've been in the Academy since the end of Under-15s, and I like how everyone's together here. In the Academy and first team, it's all together and it's a good environment to be in.

"Hopefully I'll get a couple more games, I'll keep putting in the hard work and hope to get a couple more chances to show what I'm about."

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