Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie has urged his teammates to approach the new Championship season with 'swagger'.

Nigel Adkins' side were relegated last season from the Premier League, finishing in 19th position with 28 points. 

However, the Royals are hot favourites for an immediate return to the top-flight and Guthrie believes Reading should be seen as one of the bigger teams in the league.

Nigel Adkins has brought in three fresh players to a relatively unchanged squad, signing Dutch winger Royston Drenthe, Wayne Bridge and USA International Danny Williams. 

Guthrie see's the upcoming season a complete reversal of last season, and envisages Reading to be a major force in the second tier.

"This season is totally different," Guthrie told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"We are the big fish and we need to have a bit of swagger about us and walk into these games knowing that we are the big team in this league."

We've done everything we can and now it is about going out there and performing," he said, "We are all ready to go.

Guthrie emphasised the importance of Reading getting off to a good start, and believes setting the pace early will enable Reading to succeed next season.

"It's vital we have a good start if we want to do something this year.

"Everyone has got the same goal and we all want to get promotion. There is no better place to start than at home on Saturday and if we can get that win it will lift everyone's confidence."

Reading kick-off their Championship campaign this Saturday facing Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town at the Madejski Stadium.

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