Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood has opened up about his difficult first season at Reading in an interview with Get Reading.
Norwood signed under Nigel Adkins in the summer from Huddersfield Town and made an incredible start to the season, wowing fans with his wonderful range of passing.
His form has been in real decline since Steve Clarke took over the club, with some fans disgruntled with his performances.
The arrival of Nathaniel Chalobah on loan pushed him down the pecking order after partnering Danny Williams in central midfield for most of the year beforehand.
He did, however, start for the final three games of the season, where his form picked up, and he put in an outstanding performance on the finals day of the season against Derby County, in a shock 3-0 win for the Royals.
Clarke told Get Reading: “It’s been different. It’s been a bit of a shock moving from up north and adjusting to that.
“It’s not just about coming into training every day but your personal life as well.
“So it’s been difficult at times but I’ve enjoyed the experience and I’m looking forward to coming back next season.”
On fighting for his first team spot, he said: “It was very tough. I’m not going to lie and say I enjoyed it.
“It was difficult, but that’s football. You get on with it, you don’t moan and mope about it.
“You just have to work hard every day and prove to the manager that you should be playing.
“I had a good chat with the manager. He obviously had different ideas when he came in to what Nigel had.
“That’s football, it’s how it works. Different managers like different things and you’ve just go to adapt and when you play you’ve got to do well.
“You’ve got to make sure when you go out on the pitch you do what you can do. Hopefully then you will stay part of his plans.
“Football is a revolving door at times. But as players we just have to do our job. There’s nothing more you can do.
“Steve is a very good manager, a good coach and I’m looking forward to working with him next season.”
Reading had a very poor season and finished in 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship, accumulating 50 points this season.
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