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Reading embark on Thailand tour after quadruple signing

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As the Royals touched down in Bangkok on Monday morning the squad looked rejuvenated, excited and, above all, extensive.

The future looks bright, not just due to the vast number of youth prospects making the trip but also due to the strong financial backing of Reading's Thai owners who splashed a reported £1.25 million on four players last week. 

A press conference held soon after the club arrived in East Asia revealed there would be more signings to come with plans to develop the Madejski Stadium car park and the new Bearwood training ground also set out.

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After a ghastly last few seasons it seems as if stability has finally been introduced to the club perfectly displayed by Steve Clarke's intentions to gain promotion next season despite narrowly avoiding relegation in 2014/15.

So what lies ahead for the Berkshire club on their week long tour of Thailand? It seems the main goal of the tour is to please the owners and much of the focus will be on promoting the club in the country.

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Of course football will very much be at the forefront of this with Reading training at the National Stadium in Bangkok on Monday ahead of their friendly against a Thai All Star XI on Wednesday.

Clarke will also be hoping to see some of his new signings in action. Jonathan Bond, Ali Al-Habsi (on trial), Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn and Orlando Sa have all travelled with the squad although Clarke admitted the new arrivals may not see much game time on Wednesday.

The Royals follow in the footsteps on Chelsea who visited Thailand in May and also played against a Thai All Stars XI who proved to be challenging opposition as the Blues sneaked a 1-0 win. If the support and popularity for Reading is anywhere near that of Chelsea's tour then it will prove a large stepping stone in club Chief Executive Nigel Howe's aim of "developing the brand."

Either way the tour will provide a useful and exciting training camp for both players and fans.

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