Anton Ferdinand: Reading move is a 'new chapter' in life

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Anton Ferdinand completed a move to Reading earlier this summer, and he is looking to get his first taste of action at the earliest opportunity.

The former England Under-21 international made just three appearances last season, with opportunities at Turkish side Antalyaspor hard to come by, and he finalised a move to Reading in early August.

The West Ham Academy graduate has yet to feature for Nigel Adkins’ side five games into the season, having been training with the development squad to regain his match fitness. The central defender, who has also spent spells with QPR and Sunderland, has played just 10 games since January 2013, and Adkins is keen to see him at the top of his game before throwing him into Championship action.

Despite the slow start at the Madejski Stadium, Ferdinand is only looking up, with a belief that his new career path is the right one for him.

Quoted by Get Reading, Ferdinand revealed the reasons for his recent struggles, and how they have made him desire first-team football once again.

“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 [being] 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."

He continued: “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.”

Although he has yet to be involved in first-team action, the 29-year old has shown his experience off-pitch, helping a number of youngsters into matchday action with the Royals in the midst of an injury crisis. With the current situation, Nigel Adkins will be hoping Ferdinand makes a quick return to fitness, allowing him to once again display his talents in English football.

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