ANDY Yiadom is relishing the challenging of competing with Chris Gunter for a space in Paul Clement's starting XI.

Right-backs Yiadom and Wales international Gunter will go head-to-head over the summer as they challenge for a first-team spot.

However, both are capable of playing on the left-hand side and with  Jordan Obita out injured, Clement could opt to field both Gunter and Yiadom against Derby County on August 3.

But Clement will also have young Omar Richards in his mind after the defender broke into Royals' senior side for the first time last season.

And Yiadom, 25, insisted he ready to learn from Gunter and challenge the vice-captain for a place in Clement's starting line-up.

Here's what he had to say in his first interview since joining Royals from Barnsley.

CF: Andy, welcome to Reading football club, a new challenge and one you must be relishing?

AY: "Yeah it's nice to finally get back to pre-season following the holidays, training has been going well the last few days, so I'm looking forward to more sessions coming up in the next few days and then the pre-season games will be coming thick and fast."

CF: Can you tell us a little bit more about how the move came about, as we know your name was mentioned before last year, so when did you learn of Reading's interest and when did you decide to make the move? 

AY: "Well to be fair I heard interest during the season, it became more I think when the season finished I got a call from my agent saying that Reading were interested and that Paul Clement was really interested.

"I weighed up my options and I thought that was the best option and that Reading were the best club for me."

CF: Obviously you're going to be in direct competition with Chris Gunter, whose been a mainstay for the last five years or so, so how much are you relishing the chance to work with someone like him and also to push him for a place in the first team?

AY: "Yeah I think what's really good about this club is that there's competition everywhere and everyone helps each other out, Gunter is a really really good player and has a lot of international caps as well so it's good to learn off him and not just him but everyone at the club, so it's good, you always want competition because if you don't you'll take your foot off the gas, so it's good."

CF: What would you say are your best traits, you were captain at Barnsley weren't you?

AY: "Yeah I was captain at Barnsley, I like to work hard and get forward and try and be very effective."

CF: Was it a difficult decision to leave?

AY: "Yeah I was there from two years ago, I loved it there, the fans were brilliant. We had the new manager come in, unfortunately Paul Heckingbottom left and things were a little bit different but Barnsley really helped me and gave me the opportunity to show what I can do and for that I'm grateful."

CF: Reading tend to finish in terms of league positions one year at the top then one year at the bottom and then back to the top, what are your expectations? 

AY: "Well, I think when you go into any team the ambition and target is to finish as high as possible, the squad we've got here and the manager we're going to want to work really hard to have a good season."

CF: Have you been impressed with the mood in the training ground so far, has everyone welcomed you? 

AY: "Yeah everyone has welcomed me and helped me about which really helps you when you're going into a new team, so I'm delighted with that."

CF: I guess the chance to work under a manager like Paul Clement who has worked with the likes of Ronaldo, Modric, Robben the list goes on, it must be great?"

AY: "Yeah that's something I'm looking forward to, he's worked with some of the best players in the world and I'm really looking forward to not just being here and going through the sessions but actually learning from the things that he has to say"

CF: Do you have any familiar faces here or is it a complete change? 

AY: "I know a few, Tyler Blackett I know, McCleary, so yeah there's a few I know."