TOUGH LOVE HAS DREN­THE READY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Peter Bax­ter

HE’S worked with some of the best dur­ing his time with Real Madrid but Roys­ton Dren­the ad­mits Nigel Ad­kins has got him back to his peak – at least phys­i­cally.

The Dutch winger made the move to the Span­ish gi­ants back in 2007 from Dutch side Feyeno­ord when he was 20.

His ca­reer has some­what stalled since then, though, and he found him­self play­ing in Rus­sia with Ala­nia Vladikavkaz be­fore his switch to the Royals this sum­mer.

But af­ter a gru­elling pre­sea­son, Dren­the says Read­ing boss Ad­kins has been a ma­jor force in how eas­ily he has bed­ded in.

“I have to thank the gaffer, I have to thank the coach and I have to thank ev­ery­body who is work­ing around me,” said the 26-year-old.

“They worked re­ally hard with me. It was a re­ally tough pre-sea­son but I’m in re­ally good shape now.

Dren­the has bought a house in the area and is ea­ger for a long stay.

“What I have seen so far in the Cham­pi­onship is the high qual­ity of the league.”

FIT: Roys­ton Dren­the

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