Date:Monday June 25 2012
Reading striker Simon Church has admitted he is relishing the challenge of the Premier League and can't wait to get going.
The 23-year old is yet to play in the Premier League but is keen to prove his point on the big stage. However, Church is likely to face high competition for a starting place next season with the imminent signing of Pavel Pogrebnyak and that Brian McDermott wants to add one more striker to his front line.
Speaking to the official Reading FC website, Church stated: 'We're itching to get back now. Pre-season is always tough but it's something we need to get through together. It's all about preparation for that first game against Stoke at home - which will be a great occasion for everyone involved.'
Church has already had experience of playing at international level and against Premier League teams in the FA Cup. He added:'I've scored against Liverpool already so that's already ticked off - just Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal to do now - no pressure! I just can't wait to get out on to the pitch now.'
The Welsh international could well be loaned back out to the Championship next season to gain valuable first-team experience, with Brighton, Bolton and Leicester all showing an interest. Church scored seven goals for the Royals last season, including a superb lob against Leeds United at Elland Road in December.
Date:Monday June 25 2012
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