Doyle could opt to stay
Kevin Doyle can see no reason why he would not be a Reading player next season.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 15/05/09 4:58pm
Kevin Doyle can see no reason why he would not be a Reading player next season despite the club failing to reach the Premier League this term.
The 25-year-old had to watch the Championship play-off semi-final second-leg against Burnley from the stands after picking up an Achilles injury in the first leg.
The Irishman was left powerless as his side slipped to a 2-0 loss at the Madejski Stadium to crash out 3-0 on aggregate and end their dreams of returning to the top flight at the first time of asking.
With manager Steve Coppell resigning after the game many expect Doyle to follow suit in the summer.
The striker was the club's top scorer this campaign with 18 goals and a move to either Everton or Sunderland could be on the cards but not according to the man himself.
"I have signed another contract for a few years, but you never know in football," he told the Reading Evening Post.
"I love playing here and living here so there's no reason I shouldn't be here."
However Doyle can not help but think that the Royals have just thrown away the best chance they had of getting out of the Championship as soon as possible.
"It wasn't supposed to end like that and it is so disappointing. It is awful to watch, I hate it," he added.
"I had to come in, in the end and watch from the player's bar. It was a nightmare because I wanted to be playing.
"In the first half it looked like if anyone was going to score it was us as they were struggling to get out of our half.
"I thought there was going to be one winner, but then they got a great 35-yard goal and their second goal was the same.
"You usually don't mind them shooting from there, but they ended up going in, but that's football.
"We felt this season was our best chance to get promoted back to the Premier League but it wasn't to be."