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Irish star revelling in return to Royals

SIMON Cox says a move back to his first senior club has made him feel like a schoolboy all over again - for more than one reason, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

The 27-year-old completed a move from Nottingham Forest to home-town club Reading over the summer, a club he first joined as a nine-year-old.

"It's funny going to back to Reading, where it all started for me. A lot has changed in the six years since I was there. The spot I used to have in the dressing room has been taken, but overall the club has come on so much since I left. It's nice to be back at a familiar club," the Ireland striker told The Herald.

But the rapid nature of the move from Forest means that Cox has not had time to sort out accommodation, so he's back living with his parents again in the family home in Reading. "It's strange being back at your mum and dad's for dinner every night at the age of 27," he jokes.


"I get a text asking what time I will be home at, telling me what time dinner is at, that's a bid odd."

Cox had planned to spend this season with Forest but just before Forest's final pre-season game, manager Stuart Pearce called Cox aside and informed him he was out of the side as Forest had received offers for the player and didn't want him to pick up an injury. "That game was on the Saturday, on Monday morning I was in the club clearing out my locker and getting ready to move on, and by Wednesday I was a Reading player. It was fairly quick.

"We have a very young squad here, I am the sixth-oldest player at the club and I'm only 27. But I expect us to be competitive this season. Reading just missed out on the playoffs last season, like Forest, but I think we can do well this year."