Gorkss: I came to Reading FC to win promotionBy Jonny Fordham
August 26, 2011
Kaspar Gorkss signed for Reading with one goal – to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Latvia captain was heartbroken when Queens Park Rangers shattered his top-flight dreams when boss Neil Warnock told him he had no future at Loftus Road, despite playing 42 games in their title-winning season last year.
Former Blackpool centre-back Gorkss helped keep a record 25 clean sheets for the Superhoops and is now searching for more success after penning his three-year deal at Madejski Stadium.
Speaking of his Premier League rejection, Gorkss said: “It was frustrating at first, but I have got over that all now.
“I’m here and hopefully I will play all of this season. I know Reading has always been a good team with good wingers and I’m glad I’ve joined the club.
“I would like to think I can bring some experience and leadership and that Reading can do the same as QPR did last season.
“Hopefully with the style of my play I can prove to the Reading fans that I am a good signing.
“My ambition now at Reading is to help them get to the Premier League.
“I wouldn’t have come here if I thought they didn’t have quality players.
“Both me and the club have the same ambitions and that’s why I am here at Reading.
“I did my research about Reading and didn’t hear a bad word about the club.
“I will probably look to move closer to the town now. At the moment I live in west London and I’m not a fan of travelling.”
Championship rivals Southampton were one club tracking Gorkss all summer, but Warnock revealed that he got fed up with them dragging their heels over any potential deal.
Gorkss explained: “There are always rumours, but I met with the manager, saw the facilities and decided to come here.
“The club didn’t need selling to me. I had a chat with a few of the boys here and made my decision.”
Royals boss Brian McDermott also spoke of the joy at landing what he described as his No.1 target.
And explained the need to move quickly in the transfer market.
He added: “There was lots of interest from other clubs and we had to do the deal very quickly to make sure we got it done.
“He would have been my No.1 choice in the summer.
“I didn’t think we would be able to get him. I didn’t think we would be able to afford the deal and I’m really pleased that we have.
“With his experience and his know how, it’s great to have him.”
After the Hull game, Gorkss will jet off on international duty with Latvia and is due to play Georgia away and then Greece at home.