Dave Kitson has opened up on the frosty relationship between himself and former Reading team-mate, Steve Sidwell.
The two played together in their time at the Royals where they went onto achieve a record-breaking points tally in the Championship.
Both were crucial players during their time at the club, and were two of Steve Coppell’s first names on the team-sheet, even when Reading were in the Premier League.
Sidwell went on to play for Chelsea under José Mourinho as well as top division side, Aston Villa. The 36-year-old played over 150 games for the Royals.
Kitson has opened up about how the pair never quite got along during their time at the club and has labelled it down to a personality clash.
Speaking to Ady Williams on a BBC podcast, Kitson said: “Me and Sidwell don’t get along at all. That’s no secret.
“Never got on with him, and I never will. There’s 30 guys and there’s a lot of ego in that changing room and you’re not going to get on with everybody.
“I’m not really sure what the reason was, I think it was just different personalties and we completely clashed, completely different people.”
It’s quite interesting that Kitson speaks in this way about Sidwell, not many Reading fans will have known the ins and outs of this, and whether it was a true disliking towards one another.
What you’ll always get with Kitson is honesty, and he’s spoken of the fact that they never got on which shows just how true professionals they were to put their rivalries aside on the pitch. The striker admits there will always be people you don’t get on with, which will happen in any squad.
They both went onto become true Reading greats and will be remembered for their time in a very successful period at the club.