Reading goalkeeper, Jokull Andresson has had an interesting journey to featuring for the Reading first-team during their pre-season tour in Spain.
He moved to England from Iceland when he was 14, and has gone on to feature regularly for the Royals’ under 23’s team in recent seasons.
Andresson spent a brief spell with non-league side, Hungerford Town, but had his time with the club cut short through a concerning injury.
The shot-stopper was concussed during an FA Cup game with Wantage Town, with the game being abandoned shortly after due to the seriousness of the incident.
In an exclusive interview with Football League World’s Jacob Potter, Andresson issued his thoughts on the incident, and labelled it as ‘bizarre’.
“So, it wasn’t the how long I was out for that was tough. When I got the first one, you have to be out for three weeks as protocol if you get a concussion.
“I did that, and played one game and got another concussion, so I got two inside the space of six weeks, it was so bizarre, the weirdest thing!
“I had to have loads of scans as it’s your brain, so you have to be careful with it. I was out for like six weeks after that as it naturally started to come back. The club made sure they looked out for me, especially with head injuries, they take it seriously.”
But Andresson claims that he learnt a considerable amount from his loan spell with Hungerford, and claims that the physicality of senior football is something that benefitted his development in the early stages of his career.
“I wasn’t there for a long time due to the injury that I picked up, but it was a great experience for me. I was 16 when I started there, and it was such a good experience to go out on loan in mens football, as with the under 23’s, it’s not as physical and more of playing with the ball at your feet.
“Whereas in mens football, they get it forward and win your tackles. So it was a great to experience that side of football and get that on the CV.”
The Icelander is out of contract with the Berkshire-based side at the end of the season, and is keen to stay with the Royals in the future.
“My aim is to stay with Reading for as long as possible and break into the first-team as soon as possible. I’m still young and open to getting some experience out on loan.
“At the moment I’m really happy. I’m training with the first-team and get my game time with the under 23’s side. Obviously, if there are injuries, then I’m always ready to come in and I’m really excited for what lies ahead. It’s looking good!”
Andresson issued high-praise for Reading manager Jose Gomes, who has shown confidence in younger players during pre-season and the start of their league campaign.
“He is a fantastic manager, it’s so good to see how much he trusts younger players. With Josh Barrett, you see how he’s changed his career under Gomes.
“It makes you feel confident that you’re going to get that chance and break into the first-team. Often there are managers that just want older and more experienced players, but youth is the future. It makes you feel confident that is going to give you a chance and let you play.
“He’s not just doing it randomly, but he’s saying you’re good enough and trusts in your ability. I’m so happy to have a manager like him with us right now.”
The next segment of our interview with Andresson will be going live next week on Football League World, where we discuss his time with the first-team at Reading in more detail.