Shorey turns down rival offers
Nicky Shorey says he turned down offers from other clubs to rejoin Reading and is now hoping to repay the Royals fans.
The left-back has penned a one-year deal with Reading following his release from West Brom at the end of season and says he is delighted to be back at the club he left for Aston Villa in 2008.
The player's career has gone on a bit of a downward spiral since leaving Reading but he hopes to get it back on track after turning down other clubs to sign for the Royals.
"Most of the summer I was waiting and I had other clubs interested so it's been a long summer for me, thinking where I was going to end up. But as soon as Brian (McDermott) made the call to me, my mind was made up," he told the club's website.
"I spoke to another couple of managers and I've got a lot of respect for them and I'm sure I would've been happy going to one of those clubs, but the pull that Reading had, to work with Brian especially and (director of football) Nicky Hammond again and the people at the club, I didn't feel I could turn it down, and being in the Premier League as well."
Shorey is now looking forward to repaying the support he has always received from Reading fans despite jumping ship to Villa.
"I've always had great support from the Reading fans and I feel a little bit like I owe them a great deal and a lot of my career really," he added. "It feels like a new challenge now and hopefully I'll be able to repay them."