Antonio relishing Prem test
Former non-league star ready to signal his arrival on big stage
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: May 28, 2012 6:21pm
Michail Antonio: Royals winger relishing prospect of life in top flight next season
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."