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Ince hoping to create more “magic moments” for Reading

12 August 2022

Reading midfielder Tom Ince is looking to build on Reading’s start to the season, after the Royals recorded their first win of the campaign last weekend.

Ince opened his account in style, bagging the match-winner against Cardiff City at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in a 2-1 victory, and the 30-year-old is hoping for more “magic moment” in a Royals shirt.

“It’s great when you come off the back of a win and scoring the goal that I did, but the goal to me is a bonus,” he told the Official EFL Podcast.

“My aim is to help this team to try and win games and not so much to try and get my name back on the map but to show people that, at this level, I can be a match-winner. A lot of my teammates rely on me for that. I have to try and continue that.”

The Liverpool Academy graduate back working under his father, Paul Ince, who stepped into the vacant managerial role at Reading on an interim basis in February before being offered the job permanently in the summer.

The pair first worked together at Notts County, when the former England international signed his son on loan for Notts County from Liverpool. They would go on to be reunited at Blackpool two years later when his dad was appointed as Tangerines boss, having kept tabs on the team after signing Tom.

“It’s always been something that’s been associated with me since I was playing. People always say, ‘oh, there’s Paul Ince’s son’,” he said.

“As I’ve got older, I’ve started to realise the talent and ability that I had in myself, and I tried to make my own name in the game. He’s helped me along the way massively and he’s always tried to push me but allowed me to follow in my own footsteps and how I play the game.

“The big thing for me is that I’m a totally different player to him – different position and a different style of player.”

And the two are back sharing living quarters, residing in the same apartment, after making the permanent switch to Berkshire, but Ince still takes on his dad’s fatherly advice.

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“My dad set unbelievable high standards,” he added. “I’m proud of the name that I have on my shirt and the player that I am.

“The untold times we’ve watched games back, whether that’s him managing me or me at other Clubs. IIt’ll always be every Sunday I go to the family house and he’ll have the game on, and he’ll pause play saying, ‘what could you have done better there?’ This is recently as well, not when I was 19 or 20 – it’s still happening when I’m 28 or 29!

“That’s just the relationship we have. As much as we’re father and son, it’s ex-player and player. He’s played at the highest level and for some fantastic Clubs so to take his advice and guidance throughout my career has been great.”

After an eight-year-break from the dugout, Paul Ince resumed his managerial career at Reading, where his son spent time on loan from Stoke City last season, inking a three-year agreement in June.

But now, attacker Tom Ince insisted their collective goal is to get the Royals into the top-half of the table.

“It’s funny how these things work, for him to have been out of the game for so long,” he continued. “Then I get the call again saying, ‘I’m going to be your new manager as of tomorrow.’ I’m thinking, ‘here we go again. I can’t get away from you!’

“It’s about trying to bring success to Reading, both for me personally and for my dad as well.”


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