Liam Rosenior, whose father Leroy also played for Fulham during a distinguished career, is now looking forward to relaunching his career after being frozen out by Cottagers boss Lawrie Sanchez. The England Under-21 player transfered to Reading at the end of the transfer window,

“I had some great years at Fulham under Chris Coleman,” he said. “He’s a great manager and it was hard when he went.

“At first I was part of Lawrie Sanchez’ plans but, to be honest, it became hard at Fulham. He came in and did things his own way. Sometimes players fit in, sometimes they don’t.

“I like to express myself on the pitch. We had conversations recently and I wasn’t sure I could have done that at Fulham any more so I thought it was better to move on.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love Fulham. I made my debut there and my dad played there. But sometimes you have to move on as a player.”

Rosenior insists that Reading will not be sucked into a relegation battle after they slipped into the Premier League drop zone following a 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United.

But Rosenior stressed there is no need to panic after he joined the Royals from Fulham last Friday in a swap deal that saw Seol Ki-Hyeon head the other way.

“I don’t expect a relegation battle, I really don’t,” said 23-year-old signing Rosenior.”I played against Reading twice last season and we lost twice. They have good players in a lot of positions and are great up front.”

Red tape prevented Rosenior from making his debut against West Ham because his transfer was completed only hours before last Friday’s deadline.

However, he will almost certainly feature in Reading’s next game away to Sunderland on Saturday week, probably on the right of mid-field.

“I see myself as an attacking right-back, although I’ve played many games for Fulham at left-back and right-midfield.”