Dave Kitson has stated that Reading could improve their former player relations, and take a leaf out of Sheffield United’s book.
The former striker was a key player for the Royals as they broke the record for the most points earned in a professional league season. They were able to get 106 points, and Kitson scored 18 goals along the way.
He has since spoken about the pride he felt walking out on the Madejski Stadium pitch for the Royals’ 500th game at the venue, and has given Reading some tips on how to build a relationship with former players.
Speaking to Ady Williams on a BBC podcast, Kitson said: “Walking on the pitch at Reading before the 500th game was special, what an honour to ask me. I can still feel the hairs on my neck now.
“I had one season at Sheffield United, but what a club, they invite me back every year and I’ve never seen it at a club, but the players who have played for them, go back and stand in the Kop at Sheffield United.
“Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and Chris Morgan go in and stand with the fans, they take them in as one of their own and that’s what I really like about football. In that respect I think Reading could do a little bit better there, if we’ve got a record like 106, the other team needs to feel that walking down the tunnel.”
Kitson was a legend for Reading and it’s always refreshing to hear his honest take on the club and opinion on how things work at the Royals.
He makes a good point about the Sheffield United side and that’s a very fair assessment as it would be great if a club like Reading could take on board his tips for the future.
Other teams need to know about the record, and perhaps there needs to be more of a relation with the current set of supporters and the record-breaking team. Visits in the stand would certainly go down well with Royals fans.