No stress: Long says he's happy to stay put. Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Long insists he'll be happy to stay at Reading

Ireland striker Shane Long claims that he’ll be happy to stay in the Championship if the interest he’s attracted from the Premier League fails to lead to a transfer.

SHANE LONG’S BREAK-OUT 2010/11 season grabbed the attention of a number of the Premier League’s wealthiest clubs, but rumour and speculation aside, the striker has little to show for his pre-season media omnipresence.

Though the uncertainty surrounding his status has led to a degree of consternation among Irish fans, the 24-year-old Reading star insists that he’s perfectly at ease, whatever happens:

“It’s not exactly like I’m unhappy at Reading. I love it here, and I love playing for the manager. I’m happy at the club. Obviously, seeing your name a lot– being called up with transfers and stuff– it’s hard to ignore, but at the same time, I’m concentrating on my football and making sure I’m right on the pitch. Whatever happens off the pitch will happen.”

That sort of mindset already has the striker weighing up Reading’s prospects for the season ahead.

“[I'm] just waiting for the games to start coming and rolling in again. We’re making sure we’re as prepared as we can be for a tough test against Millwall on Saturday. Things are looking bright for us and I think we have to start well. We drew too many games last season, but I think if we start well, we can go far.”

Long plans to rejoin the Irish squad after Reading’s clash with Millwall this Saturday.

Shane Long was speaking with Beat 102-103 Sports Editor Martin Clancy

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