Mills joined Reading FC after chat with MattBy Jonny Fordham
August 26, 2011
Joseph Mills signed for Reading after his older brother Matt told him there was no better place to be.
The left-back joined from Southampton on Monday before making his debut the next day in the 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic.
And he admitted that it was his sibling Matt, the former Royals skipper, who convinced him to sign a one-year deal at Madejski Stadium.
“I went to speak to Nigel Adkins [the Saints manager] in the summer and asked him if I was in his plans.
“He said I could leave and I felt it was probably time for me to move on as well.
“As soon as I heard about the interest from Reading I spoke to Matt about it.
“He had told me before how great a club Reading was and all about the manager, so I was excited about the move.
“I know Marcus Williams from my time on loan at Scunthorpe and I also know Nicholas Bignall and Michail Antonio who were on loan at Southampton – plus there are others I have met before.”
Despite his sibling leaving Reading under a cloud for Leicester City in a £4.5million move this summer, Mills junior has reminded fans that his brother’s time at the club had nothing to do with him as he looks to lay down his own routes.
“He’s his own person and so am I,” explained the 21-year-old defender.
“If some Reading fans have bad feelings towards Matt then that’s down to them. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
“Matt did well for this club and I just want to come in, get my head down and work hard.
“I have confidence in my own ability and I’ve come here to improve as a player and break into the first team. I’ve had a look to see when we play Leicester again, but at the same time, I’m just focussing on Hull City tomorrow.”