Ince hopes to create more ‘magic moments’ for Reading – News


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

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

“It’s great when you come out of a win and score the goal I did, but the goal for me is a bonus,” he told the Official EFL Podcast.

“My goal is to help this team try to win games and not so much to try to put my name back on the map but to show people that at this level I can win a game. A lot of my team-mates count on me for that. I have to try to continue like this.

The Liverpool Academy graduate has returned to work under his father, Paul Ince, who filled the vacant Reading managerial post on an interim basis in February before being offered the job on a permanent basis this 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 father was appointed as Tangerines boss, having kept tabs on the team after signing Tom.

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

“As I got older, I started to realize the talent and the abilities that I had in me, and I tried to make a name for myself in the game. He helped me tremendously along the way and he always tried to push me, but he allowed me to follow my own footsteps and my way of playing.

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

And the two are back to housesharing, residing in the same flat, after moving permanently to Berkshire, but Ince is still following his father’s fatherly advice.

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

“The countless times we’ve watched games, whether it’s him managing me or me at other clubs. It’s always going to be every Sunday that I go to the family house and he kicks the game off, and he puts the game paused saying, ‘what could you have done better there?’ It’s recently too, not when I was 19 or 20 – it still happens when I’m 28 or 29!

“It’s just the relationship we have. As much as we are father and son, as much ex-player and player. He’s played at the highest level and for fantastic clubs, so following his advice and guidance throughout my career has been great.

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

But now striker Tom Ince has insisted their collective aim 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 from tomorrow. I think, ‘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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