Former Hampton and Richmond goalkeeper George Legg believes that the Beavers have what it takes to win the Ryman League Premier Division this season.

Legg, 19, who returned to Reading this week – having spent two months on-loan at The Beveree from the Sky Bet Championship League club, said that Hampton have a squad of winners, and that playing for the Beavers was “invaluable experience” to aid his ongoing development.

The Tilehurst-based goalkeeper, who played eight times for The Beavers during his back hrbto back 28-day loan-stay, believes that the physical attributes required for non-league football gives young professionals like him the chance to hone aspects of their game that they wouldn’t otherwise gain playing U21s’ football.

Legg said: “Before I joined Hampton in December [2015], I had been fortunate enough to experience men’s football playing for Chesham United in the Southern League. It was of course great to be part of United’s FA Cup giant-killing squad, but having a run of games in the league was important, which I got from being at Hampton.

“My time with Hampton has definitely enhanced my physical presence in the box, and has made me see things from a different perspective, which I feel you need as a goalkeeper.

“You can’t rest on your laurels in football – it’s a life-long apprenticeship of meeting new people and being exposed to different styles of play. For that reason, the transition between Reading and Hampton has been a real learning curve for me. I feel I have gained a lot from playing with the lads at Hampton and working under Alan [Dowson] and Martin [Tyler].

“It was particularly good to represent Hampton at a time when they were challenging for top-spot in the league, and to get to play on unpredictable and slippery playing surfaces. Both aspects challenge your mental state and pre- and post-match conditioning.

“I would like to thank Alan [Dowson] and Martin [Tyler] for the opportunity to represent Hampton, and to be part of, in my opinion, a championship-winning squad.

“I look forward to reading all about the Club’s exploits in the National League South next season,” added Legg.

Prior to arriving at The Beveree, Legg was awarded a one-year professional contract by Reading at the end of his scholarship in June 2015.

He also managed to avoid the Berkshire club’s infamous goalkeeping cull at the end of the 2014/15 season, which was a clear sign of Championship League club’s faith in Legg, who is well thought-of among his fellow peers.

Source: Refuel Performance Management

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