Royals forward Yakou Meite has reflected on the season that was, the significant progress made by the team, and his relationship with the boss.
The Ivorian, who netted his 12th goal of the season against Huddersfield Town on the final day, stated it was hard to be happy with the way the season ended, despite it being a vast improvement on our previous three campaigns.
He said: “I think this season has been much better than the last, but when you’re so close to being in the play-offs, it’s painful. We can’t finish the season and say we’re happy with this, because we were so close to our goal."
On working under Veljko Paunovic since he arrived in RG2, Meite issued thanks to the manager for his belief and support during a season that was marred by injuries - limiting him to 25 outings in his fifth year as a Royal.
“I really like the manager, he has always believed in me even when I was injured, I talked to him a lot. He’s done well – since Jaap Stam was here in my first season, we haven’t had a season like this so it’s good to know that we can be in the top-half.”
With a nod to those departing Berkshire for pastures new, the 25-year-old noted it would be a shame to see some familiar faces leave the Madejski, but that this was nothing new in the ever-changing world of football.
He concluded: "Life is like this, football is like this, you make a lot of friends in football but unfortunately you can’t stay with them all your life because you have to change. That’s football, but I’ve been very happy to play with everyone, especially the likes of Sone and Sam.”