Saturday, 21 April 2018

Pre-season friendlies announced

READING have announced three more pre-season friendlies ahead of their Championship campaign.

READING have announced three more pre-season friendlies ahead of their Championship campaign.

The Royals will entertain Swansea City at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, July 27 (kick-off 3pm), just a week before the new season kicks off.

City enjoyed a successful 2012/13 season as they clinched the Capital One Cup and finished ninth in the Barclays Premier League. It will be the Swans’ final pre-season fixture before they embark on their Europa League campaign.

Reading and Swansea played out two closely contested matches last season, the Royals earning a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium before sharing the spoils in a goalless draw at Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day.

The Royals have also announced that they will travel to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City on Wednesday, July 24 (7.45pm) before sending a Reading XI to Bristol Rovers four days later on Sunday, July 28 (kick-off 3pm).

The Royals will also be playing an away fixture against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, July 13 (kick-off 3pm).

Meanwhile 18-year-old left-sided centre back Jake Cooper has agreed to sign a professional contract with the Royals, which will keep him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2016.

The 6ft 4in defender, who received a call-up to an England U18 squad earlier this season, led from the back as the academy side reached the Elite League final last season making 30 appearances at centre-half and scoring four goals along the way.

various other brands, believes his career background will help him in the role.

He played rugby at St Andrews University but admits he is no expert on the game.

He said: “I don’t bring rugby expertise but what I do bring is business experience for sports and food companies.

“It’s a small business and it needs to be run professionally as a small business. If the business side of it doesn’t work that doesn’t give us the wherewithal to run the great rugby we’ve seen this season.”

Trethewey, who has previously helped to raise £150,000 by running the auction at the Star Ball and been marketing director for the club, believes there are two driving forces in the club — its playing an attractive style of rugby and maintaining enjoyment.

He said: “About three years ago we had a couple of professional coaches from outside the area and it didn’t work out so we brought in Steve Barnes, an ex-captain of the Hawks.

“Henley had a previous reputation for playing the sort of rugby they played this year. But they lost their way and the first guy to get that back was Steve. He started to build the free-flowing passing game we saw this season.”

Barnes’ replacement Nigel Dudding and director of rugby Mike Poulson have stated that the club will employ coaches from its pool of ex-players from now on.

Trethewey is keen to embrace this ethos, saying: “We may lose a game because our game is about going forward and attacking so if you are committed to that you can be vulnerable.

“But we won’t sacrifice our principles of playing free-flowing rugby if that happens. We will take it on the chin.”

Trethewey wants to ensure players and supporters continue to enjoy the game in National League 1.

He said: “If there’s no enjoyment then why are we doing it? There’s no reason to do it otherwise.

“We obviously want to get as high as we can in this league. Of course we want to win games but not at the expense of dropping our style of play.

“It makes product attractive and if you’ve got something attractive that people want to watch they will come through the gate and pay money.

“Then it comes full circle because if they do that, we can attract sponsors.”

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