Australian Ryan Edwards marked his return to English football with a fine finish to kick-off Reading’s preseason campaign with a win.
Edwards, who spent a season on loan at A-League outfit Perth Glory, calmly slotted home in the seventh minute to give The Royals a scrappy 1-0 victory over Exeter City at St James’ Park on Tuesday.
It was good 45 minute hit-out for the 20-year-old and fellow Aussie Adam Federici in goals, before Reading boss, Nigel Adkins, substituted all 11 players after the break.
The Championship team will now head into a training camp in Devon before taking on Yeovil Town at Huish Park on Saturday.
In October last year Edwards said he hoped to use his A-League experience to help him push for a spot in Reading’s first-team.
“I’ve got two years left on my contract so after this year I’ll go back to Reading, that’s the plan at the moment,” he said.
“Hopefully this season I’ll do well and hopefully the Reading staff see that and I can push myself into the first team next season.”
But the A-League experience didn't go entirely to script after he and older brother Cameron found themselves at the centre of an ugly bust-up at Glory.
Both players were signed by their father and coach, Alistair Edwards, who was later axed and replaced by Kenny Lowe.
The young winger featured regularly for the club and played in the first 10 matches of the 2013/14 campaign.
But following his father’s sacking in mid-December, and the appointment of Lowe, opportunities dwindled.
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