FERD READY TO ROLL AT READ­ING

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Matthew Wil­ton

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.

Dif­fi­cult

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.”

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BACK HOME: An­ton Fer­di­nand, in ac­tion here for QPR, has re­turned to Eng­land with Read­ing

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