Karacan and Morrison are Reading FC's gruesome twosomeBy Jonny Fordham
November 15, 2012
The rhetoric of Reading’s team spirit is one that might sometimes seem over-played.
But a closer study of the club and the close-knit squad Brian McDermott has formed shows just how vital the togetherness of the group is.
From the Academy players growing up as teenagers to the staff working their way through the ranks, Royals’ family nature is far more than just a trait cultivated off the pitch, but one on it as well.
Take midfielder Jem Karacan and Sean Morrison, the gruesome twosome as their team-mates endearingly refer to them as.
It’s unlikely that you’re ever going to get a group of players who are all best of friends, but these two inseparable stars have in fact been for years now.
“Me and Morro live together and seeing him play the other day, he text me in the morning and I nearly had a tear in my eye,” admitted Karacan.
“I was so happy for the kid, he’s worked his nuts off since he came to Swindon and he has had to bide his time.
“He has unbelievable competition in front of him with Pearcey and Kaspars who were outstanding last year and Adrian Mariappa coming in too.
“I think everyone will say that Morro will fly about on the training pitch every day like you would not believe.
“He’s a giant of a lad and even though he is my best pal he is an unbelievable player who has big things to come.
“Everyone loved the kid at Swindon and they knew he was designed for big things, so it was a great coup for Reading bringing him here.”
Like any close friendship, Karacan revealed that he and 6ft 4ins Morrison do also have the odd falling out.
“He does come for me every once in a while,” said the energetic midfielder.
“In Portugal in pre-season we were playing Pro Evo Soccer on the Playstation and he absolutely battered me and was calling me a baby when I started moaning.
“I turned the game off and tried to beat him up, he just laughed at me though!
“I also tried to get the gaffer to sign Callum (Kennedy, now playing at Scunthorpe) at the end of last year – as I am trying to have both my best mates at Reading.
“It’s wicked to have my best mate here.
“Everyone says it’s a bit of a gruesome twosome and I don’t think Jobi and Ledge are too happy about our antics some days.”
It’s hard not to get too jealous of Karacan at times.
Having the time of his life in the Premier League, he is one of a lucky few players who have fulfilled their ultimate dream at such a tender age and has many more fruitful years ahead of him.
Karacan hasn’t been allowed to get carried away with the Premier League lifestyle.
He remains grounded and often reminisces about when he was growing up and looking up to players like Jobi McAnuff and Mikele Leigertwood.
He added: “I love every single minute of it.
“I always tell Jobi and Ledge about when I went to watch games and I was seven or eight and I used to sprint round the side of Selhurst Park to try and get autographs off the players at the end of the game.
“I’ve got loads of autograph books at home that I looked through with my mum the other day too. I’m always happy to sign an autograph or have my picture with someone.
“When I was a kid I always wanted to be in that position and thought it would be amazing for people to ask for my autograph.
“When people ask me it always brings a smile to my face.
“I haven’t changed though. I still pretty much go to Wagmamas or Nandos every day or go to the cinema. Reading is a great town to live in.
“For me, things are exactly the same and I will always be the same.”