FERD READY TO ROLL AT READING
ANTON FERDINAND says he is “chomping at the bit” to prove his critics wrong after returning to English football with Reading – but will have to wait for his chance.
The former Queens Park Rangers centre half is determined to show that he can still cut it after his career effectively stalled following frustrating spells in Turkey with Bursaspor and Antalyaspor.
A hamstring strain suffered in training has delayed his hopes of making an immediate impact.
But when he does return he is eager to make up for lost time.
The ex-Sunderland defender, 29, said: “The last couple of years have been very difficult.
“Politics off the field in Turkey didn’t allow me to express myself on the pitch. It was hard for me. A lot of people have written me off. It’s a bit like out of sight, out of mind.
“But that chapter is now closed in my life and I’ve got a new one open and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m now chomping at the bit to show people what I can do again. A lot of people have written me off and doubted whether I can come back to England and do well.
“I’m just thankful that Reading have given me this opportunity to do it and I want to repay them.
“Any player will tell you if you’re not playing on a Saturday, you miss it. You can train all week, but if you don’t play, you have nothing to look forward to at the weekend.
“It’s been a hard year, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.”
BACK HOME: Anton Ferdinand, in action here for QPR, has returned to England with Reading