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Murty targets Royals finale
04 Apr 2008 - 10:49:40
Reading stalwart Graeme Murty is hoping to end his career with the Royals, having been granted a testimonial by the Premier League club.
The 33-year-old Scotland international joined Reading from York City in the summer of 1998 and has proved to be a bargain, having cost the Royals an initial £700,000.
Murty, who is currently struggling with a knee injury, told the Evening Post: "I'm not sitting here thinking 'that is it, I have a testimonial'.
"When my career is over then I can look back with pride and look at the things I have achieved, but this is not the time because there is still so much I want to achieve.
"There are no pats on the back now because there's work to be done. The reason why this club has been so successful is because we are always looking to improve.
"That is the attitude of everyone from the chairman, the manager and the players. When I finish playing I can look back with pride, but that day is some way off.
"I have one more year left here on my contract and after that I would like to earn another year.
"I definitely want to keep going. I will get my head down and get back fit. I love playing for this club and, if they want me, I would love to finish my career here.
"I still think I have a few more years in me. I have a lot to give to the team and the squad. This is the place where I want to play my football."