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I would return to Royals - Shorey

Nicky Shorey
Shorey has collected two England caps

Aston Villa signing Nicky Shorey has refused to rule out a return to Reading later in his career.

The England left-back, who has signed a three-year deal with Villa, told BBC Radio Berkshire that he is looking forward to revisiting the Madejski.

He said: "I love Reading Football Club and I'll always look out for them.

"One day in the future I'll be coming back, either against Reading or, you never know, I could be coming back [to play] with them."

Shorey, who joined Reading from Leyton Orient in 2001, has asked the club's fans to try to understand his decision to leave.

"I've been at Reading a long time and the fans were always great to me, we had some great times together.

"Hopefully they can remember those times and not be too upset with me for leaving.

I wanted to try something new, not just in football terms but in life as well

Nicky Shorey

"Hopefully they can understand it was just time to try something new, it isn't just because we've gone down or anything like that."

Shorey has joined former Reading team-mate Steve Sidwell at Villa and he admitted he was excited by the prospect of again playing alongside his close friend.

"We were big mates when were at Reading and we've stayed in touch ever since he left, it will be good to team up with him again."

After seven eventful years at the Madejski, which included the club's record-breaking promotion to the Premiership and dramatic relegation, Shorey is now relishing the prospect of a fresh start at Villa.

"I'm excited about the new challenge, I wanted to try something new, not just in football terms but in life terms as well.

"I just felt that I didn't want to look back at my career after I retired and think I had a chance to go somewhere and try something new but turned it down, I would have regretted that."

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