Former Reading defender Tom McIntyre said 'the Reading that I loved as a boy was a lot different to what it is now' when unveiled as a Portsmouth player.

The 25-year-old signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Fratton Park in a deal worth a measly £75,000 after almost 20 years as a Royal.

Born-and-raised in the town and a season ticket holder from a young age, Reading will never leave McIntyre despite the badge on his shirt being different.

Speaking to BBC Radio at his unveiling, the centre-back said: "It’s really sad to see the way it’s gone. There are a lot of things that need to change there. They need to get the right person in charge overseeing everything because everyone knows the situation and the ownership isn’t good enough. It needs to change.

"This season is probably the first time it really impacted the lads directly. In the past it was all things you were hearing about but this year, with the food situation and overnight stays, things like that affect you on the pitch. It’s been an uphill battle for a few seasons with points deductions. It’ll be good when that’s all over.

"The Reading that I loved as a boy was a lot different to what it is now. It’s sad to see what’s gone on but a few mistakes have happened and I hope they can get things sorted."

He could face his boyhood club in Pompey colours next month as the Royals make the trip to Fratton Park.