READING FC players and staff have been setting their targets for the season during the club’s tour of Holland.

Royals finished their 10-day Dutch stay with back-to-back draws against Sparta Rotterdam and Belgian side Cercle Brugge in Oosterbeek on Saturday.

It brought a positive end to Royals' pre-season tour which also included 1-0 defeat KV Kortrijk of Belgium’s top flight plus a 2-2 draw with Turkish outfit Genclerbirligi a week earlier.

And Reading boss Jaap Stam reflected on a constructive trip for his players as they continue their preparations for the 2017/18 Championship season.

Stam, whose side begin their league campaign at QPR on Saturday, August 5, stated: “It has been productive because we're very happy with the work the players have put in.

“I know it's not easy. When I was playing, being away from home for 10 or 11 days isn't always an easy thing to do.

“I think it's good to get everybody together again. We talked about what we want to achieve again next season and how we do it as well, in the way of playing.

"I'm quite happy with how they've been training, how they've been acting and the games that they've played.”

Reading, who lost to Huddersfield Town in last season's Championship play-off final, will now get another week’s work under their belts at their Hogwood Park training base before playing their last pre-season friendly against Dutch top-flight side Vitesse Arnhem this Saturday (3pm ko).

The game takes place at Wycombe’s Adams Park as Royals are waiting for a new pitch at Madejski Stadium to bed down.

"The players have two days off, then we will prepare for next Saturday against Vitesse Arnhem when they come to the UK,” added Stam.

“Then the week after we have the start of the league so we're looking forward to that.

"For now, it's very important to be working on our shape with what we want to do physically, becoming stronger and stronger.”

Reading named a youthful team for the 0-0 stalemate against Sparta Rotterdam on Saturday.

John Swift, Josh Barrett, Sam Smith and Jake Cooper went closest for the Royals, while new signing Vito Mannone made smart saves to deny Lovette Felicia and Youri de Winter on his first outing for the club.

Later that day, Royals eked out a 1-1 draw against Cercle Brugge with a different team.

They fell behind to a Guévin Tourin strike, but Jordan Obita equalised with an exquisite free-kick.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson started his first game for the Royals following his recent move from Wolves, with the Icelandic striker going close on a number of occasions.

Anssi Jaakkola also pulled off some vital stop to deny Stephen Buyl before Adrian Popa, Pelle Clement and Joey van den Berg threatened for Reading.

Reading v Cercle Bru: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Obita, van den Berg, Ilori, Moore, Kelly, Evans, Clement, Popa, Böðvarsson (Loader, 61').

Reading v Sparta Rotterdam: Mannone, Frost, Richards, Cooper, McShane (c), Rinomhota, Swift (Quinn, 57'), East, Loader, Barrett, Smith.