Lita committed to Royals
Reading striker Leroy Lita wants to stay at the Madejski Stadium and help the Royals secure promotion.
Last Updated: 12/01/09 2:43pm
Reading striker Leroy Lita wants to stay at the Madejski Stadium and help the Royals get back into the Premier League.
The striker has only just returned to the club from a productive three-month loan spell with Norwich City where he scored seven goals in 16 games.
Kevin Doyle and Noel Hunt are Reading's first-choice strike pairing and their form forced Lita, who is out of contract in the summer, to look elsewhere for regular action.
Lita made a swift impression in his first league game back with Steve Coppell's side, stepping off the bench to score the final goal in Friday's 4-0 rout of Watford.
The former England Under 21 international insists he is a reformed character and is happy to bide his time and fight for a place in Coppell's plans.
"After I came back the manager and I spoke, he said he would love me to stay here and be part of things, and I made it clear to him I've got no plans to go anywhere," he told the club's official website.
"In the past maybe I've let things get to me too much. Now there's nothing in my head other than helping the lads achieve what we want for the rest of the season.
"In the past couple of seasons sometimes I've felt unsettled, I've got to get my head down now and my focus is to help the team for the rest of the season.
"Maybe in the past I've not dealt with things in the right way but I've learned from that. I spoke to the gaffer and I'm maturing all the time. As long as the team win I'm happy.
"I love this club and being here, everyone has been good to me and I want to help the team by putting my shift in.
"I just like playing and when I wasn't doing that I looked to go out on loan. When I was at Norwich I was looking out for the lads' result every week.
"I'm not the same character when I'm not playing, and the manager has said to me I'm a big influence in the dressing room, so use that in a positive way.
"If I'm not playing I've got to be the same player and help the team. So if the lads are doing well give them their credit and I'm happy."