Former Ireland defender aiming to be a regular next term for Royals
Reading defender Ian Harte will draw on his vast experience to help the newly-promoted side remain in the Premier League.
Harte, 34, joined Brian McDermott's side in 2010 and was rewarded with a new one-year contract this summer.
The former Leeds United full-back is one of the senior members of the Royals squad and will be charged with guiding some of the younger members of the team.
Harte has played in the Champions League, World Cup, La Liga and Premier League, so can speak from a position of strength when he gives advice to the younger elements of the squad.
"I've played against all the teams and at all the stadiums before, but it'll be great for me just as it will the younger lads," said Harte.
"The likes of Hal, Jem, Pearcey, and Churchy - they'll be looking forward to going there for the first time and giving our very best.
"For me, my age is just a number. Some people say that when you hit 30 you're gone nowadays, but I think I have proven that it's not necessarily the case.
"I try to look after myself, try and eat the right food and do the right things in training. And I always put in 100% - I hate missing a day's training.
"I know there'll be younger lads coming in but that is a football club, there are always going to be younger lads looking to take your place.
"But I will just do my best and make it a difficult decision for the manager to pick the first eleven to start the first game of the season."