Reading’s on-loan winger Josh Sims has discussed potential first-team opportunities at the Madejski this season after arriving on loan from Southampton earlier in the summer in an interview with the club website.

The young wide man was brought in by manager Paul Clement to provide competition for the likes of Modou Barrow, Sone Aluko and Garath McCleary out wide, but with injuries taking their toll and several first-team players out of form, the time may have come for the youngster to step up to the plate.

“It has been a good three weeks for me. I feel settled in, everyone has been really welcoming and I’m right at home now,” the youngster said, speaking to the club website.

“For me, it’s a matter of getting game time and just showing what I can do.

“Obviously I’d like to start the next games but I need to show the manager why I need to start in training. That’s where it starts, so hopefully, I can push for a first-team place.

“When you first come to a team, you learn how the other players play and what the manager wants. I feel ready to really push on.”

The winger could well be in for a start this weekend, with the Royals travelling up to Deepdale to take on a Preston side who have won just one of their first six Championship games and with Sone Aluko and Adrian Popa both out of form, the loanee will be battling with Yakou Meite for a starting berth.


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