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Reading Fan Interview On Nicky Shorey

1) We are being strongly linked to Nicky Shorey, would you be surprised and / or upset to see him go?

I would be more surprised if he stayed to be honest! In his mind he left us last summer when West Ham came in for him. I think the fact that he didn`t get to leave last year severely hampered his performance. He has been a great servant to the club and probably the best left back we have had and ever will have, but like I say his hearts no longer in it and he was very poor last season. I`ll be sad to see him go, but it`s probably in the best interest of both parties that he does move on.

2) What sort of player would we be getting?

A slow, one-footed dwarf… But seriously, he reads the game very well, and his passing his excellent. He is great at getting forward and his crossing is one of his strong points. He may be small but his judgement makes up for this when winning headers. He is a bit of a set-piece specialist and will create a hell of a lot of goals for you from free-kicks, as well as scoring a few.

3) Do you think, after seven years, he has shown you enough loyalty and what reaction would he get if he returned to the Madejski in the claret and blue (hopefully when you get promoted again!)

Seven years is a long time to be at one club in this day and age. It`s a real shame that his attitude and performance let him down last season as he could have become a real Reading legend. I think it will be a very mixed reaction the next time we see him. There will be a large section of supporters who will give him a warm reception, myself included, but I`m sure there are many who will bare a grudge. Reading fans are prone to bitterness and holding grudges for extended periods of time, just ask Mark McGhee!

4) Whilst we are on the subject of players, were you surprised to see Steve Sidwell move to Villa and what is your opinion of him as a player and of his exit from Reading?

When he left us last summer, I actually said he`d play a year at Chelsea then join Villa (look at me!)! Sidwell was an excellent player and his absence was certainly a large factor in our relegation last year. It was obvious he was going to leave, and I don`t think anyone can begrudge him wanting to further his career. Unlike Shorey, despite knowing he was destined to leave at the end of the season, he gave 100% in every game and was the heartbeat of the team that finished 8th in our first season in the Prem. I hope he does well for you guys, if not, we`ll have him back next season when we go back up!

With thanks to Chris at Vital Reading: www.reading.vitalfootball.co.uk




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Date:Thursday August 7 2008

Time: 10:58AM

Your Comments

He'll be lucky to get a set piece with our Ashley being so deadly! Good signing though.
GCR_villlan
Shorey and young for under 10 million is great buisness by the club i think.
lerneravfc
shorey great business, but i think young was given a torrid time by young and gabby at the riverside last year. Overall positive but neccesary business. What about a bid for carlos cuellar??
rotter82
Do like the insights from the supporters who know. 100% behind both signings if they happen. Fear any chance of an interview from a Boro fan on Master Luke?
young_jonah
You've got a good'un in Shorey. His attitude is spot on when he wants to play, no doubt MON will sort him out anyway. Good luck for the season, will be looking out for you now you've got two ex-royals. Hoepfully see you next year!!
uroyals
Second that YJ, it's always interesting to hear from the people that have seen them play every week.
Mayo_12
Good news, don't know about good business but we can't complain, you'd expect to get the 2 for a bit less, Young is especially expensive at 5m. Shorey though, should be a great player for us and I think that price (4.5?) is much more realistic.
PTP
on the way YJ
The Fear
Mayo_12 agree, I do laugh when some people talk about players, who lets be honest we have only seen on MOTD every week and the odd game on Sky Sports. Its always nice to hear from the guys that watch him every week from the stands.
young_jonah
Very positive. Very good news.
Saurat
definitely going in the right direction, I'd like to see a signature/s though. i admit my patience, among others, has truly been stretched during this window but if this comes off and we nab another couple before the window closes then things have turned for the better very quickly. Although probably not that quickly for MON who has been busting his arse all summer for these haha. UTV
TMorley
Sounds good to me, another (hopefully) signing that I'm happy about, MON is starting to get things together now!!
romanianvillain
shorey signed on official sight 3 yr deal ........
avflell
In fairness Young and Gabby would give anyone a torrid time!
olafthegreat
I think it is important to look at Shoreys assists over the last couple of years. I am happy to stand corrected but I believe it has been in double figures both seasons. Mainly due to corners from the right. He hits a vicious in swinging corner and with Ashley doing the same on the other side I would bet on Laursen doing even better from set pieces this season. On the down side he is a bit one paced. Not as good defensively as Bouma but a better passer (Boumas biggest weakness) and will definitely create more going forward and from set pieces.
voiceoftheholte
Cheers for that two players schooled under Copple, hard working and I hope a never say die attitude.
col8
Unless we bought Christiano Ronaldo for 2m, some supporters would complain that we'd bought crap and been overcharged. Shorey is a very good signing. Quality defender, and better going forward than Freddie. Good days business by MON. We need to base him in Spain more often.
glensider
No chance of Kevin Doyle from The Royals is there? Now we've landed two Reading stalwarts (admittedly one via The Bridge), lets go for the hat-trick.
glensider
 

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