McCLEARY READY FOR TOP FLIGHT
Reading new-boy Garath McCleary is relishing the chance of plying his trade in the Premier League after joining the Championship winners.
McCleary is Reading's first signing of the summer as they prepare for life in the top flight next term after arriving on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest.
The flying winger, who has signed a three-year deal at Reading, admits the move to the Madejski Stadium was the perfect birthday present for him after turning 25 earlier this week.
"It's the stuff that dreams are made of, I got off a flight on Tuesday and went and signed on Tuesday, which was my birthday as well which was a really good birthday present for me," McCleary told Sky Sports.
"From the first time I met everyone it was somewhere I wanted to be and to know they are in the Premier League is fantastic for me as it is something I've always wanted to do.
"It is a brilliant move and it didn't take much thought to say yes."
McCleary, who had spells at Slough Town and Bromley before being snapped up Forest in 2008, is confident he can hold his own in the Premier League next season after impressing at the City Ground this term.
He added: "Every professional footballer wants to play in the Premier League at some point and knowing I have come from non-league it is something I have always wanted to do and I am really happy to have been given the chance to do that.
"I am confident in my ability; as long as I work hard a lot of luck might come my way. The harder you work the more luck comes your way and hopefully I can do that.
"I have had a lot of knockbacks in my career but they have shaped me into the individual and player I am now and I am happy to have now signed for a club like Reading."
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