Bikey hails Reading potential
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andre Bikey believes success at The Madejski Stadium is just the tip of the iceberg.
Andre Bikey believes this season's success at The Madejski Stadium is just the tip of the iceberg with regards what can be achieved at Reading.
The Cameroon international has just this week shown the confidence he holds in the club, having committed himself to a three-year deal, after his loan move from Lokomotiv Moscow was made permanent.
Steve Coppell's side have exceeded all expectations this season in their debut Premiership campaign and while the sceptic may presume next term will be more difficult, Bikey remains a model of optimism.
Confident the club can establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in the top flight, the 22-year-old defender is eager to build on what appear to be solid foundations.
"I haven't signed here for three years to play in the Championship. I signed here because I see Reading getting even better as a team," said Bikey.
"I'm sure we can stay in the Premiership and not only for next year, but for three or four.
"In fact, when I came here I never thought Reading might go down. You don't think like that because if you did there would be no point in coming."
It would appear the all-pervading air of optimism hovering in Berkshire has hit not just Bikey, but also certain members of the club's boardroom, following a bold exclamation from chief executive Nigel Howe.
Having opined his belief that Reading are a club now worth in excess of £100million, Howe has set Arsenal as a benchmark for the level of success he believes is achievable.
"Reading is probably the club with the best potential for drawing big crowds because of its location," he told the Reading Evening Post.
"It has a lot of assets so it can't be bought cheaply, but the downside is the brand is probably not as big as someone like Arsenal.
"But I would say it has the potential to be bigger than Arsenal because its catchment area is hugely beneficial.
"We're a long way off at the moment, but with a stadium capable of holding 38,000 people and consistently building the squad over the next few years doesn't make it unachievable."