Antonio relishing Prem test
Reading's Michail Antonio is looking forward to testing himself in the Premier League next season.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 28/05/12 6:21pm
Reading's young winger Michail Antonio is looking forward to testing himself in the Premier League after ending the season on a high with Sheffield Wednesday.
The 22-year-old impressed during a four-month spell with the Owls, scoring five times in 14 appearances, including the crucial opening goal in their final day promotion-clinching win over Wycombe.
The newly-promoted Championship outfit are keen to bring Antonio back to South Yorkshire on a permanent basis, but the tricky playmaker told SkySports.com that he is fully focused on breaking into the Reading first-team next season.
"I'm definitely keen to take the next step at Reading and I do feel that I've developed my game further whilst at Sheffield Wednesday," he said.
"I feel that I have proven myself in League One now, but I also feel that I can play at a higher level and if someone takes a chance on me and gives me the opportunity I can show people that.
"I've obviously got the stature of being a Premier League player now, which is great, but at the same time I don't feel that I've earned it.
"I was in and out of the side before I went to Sheffield Wednesday, so although I have contributed to Reading's campaign I don't feel that I have done enough to call myself a Premier League player.
"That will be my challenge next season I guess and the chance to test myself against the best is one I will relish."
The former Tooting & Mitcham starlet managed six appearances for the Royals between successful loan periods at Colchester and Sheffield Wednesday.
"It has definitely been a productive year for me because I've scored nine goals in 37 appearances, which is just over one goal in every four games.
"I probably could have scored a few more here and there, but I can't really complain on that front to be honest."