Royals Raring To Go

Last updated : 09 July 2002 By Rob Cooper
Dillon has been taking control of the training sessions in the absence of Royals boss Alan Pardew who is currently participating in a coaching pro license at Warick University.

The Royals assistant boss told "It's gone great, the players have come back very fit, it's not a problem with their fitness. 99.9% are fitter than when they left! It's just getting the technical work in now. But getting fit is simple - there's just a bit more science and explanation about it now.

"The core strength is there and it's just building on that, which means we can get straight into the ball work, which we've done. We do three sessions and rotate the players. So there are three groups of eight players and they get plenty of work."

Meanwhile, the club have been boosted by the news that Reading's first home league game of the season, against Sheffield Wednesday, is to be shown live on Sky Sports. The match, scheduled for Tuesday 13th August, has had the kick off time changed from 8pm to 7.45pm.

The Royals will receive £60,000 on top of the standard yearly payment that all division one clubs get paid from Sky for the Sheffield Wednesday match.