With Reading's players returning to training for the new season on Monday, there are undoubtedly some figures in the squad who have points to prove ahead of the opening day of the campaign.
Adrian Popa is one of those figures, having been unable to break into the Royals team since signing from Steaua Bucharest in January. Having played in the Champions League and at Euro 2016 in the year prior to his arrival, the winger may well have expected more game time in Berkshire, but he was limited to just four starts and four substitute appearances in the Championship. He also scored once, wrapping up a vital win at Sheffield Wednesday in the 95th minute.
Popa recently spoke to about his hopes for the new season, reported by Romanian site Gazeta Sporturilor:
"Today we start training. I did some tests to see where we stand after the holiday, how are we. Tomorrow we will resume workouts normal, we will do some tests, then we'll go to the Netherlands, where we have a camp for ten days.
It was a useful holiday to recharge my batteries. I look forward to starting the new season and I hope to be given the opportunity to play more."
The 28-year-old also quashed rumours about a return to Romania, despite Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali saying he would welcome Popa back "with open arms". Popa told Digi Sport at the start of June:
"There is no question to go back to Star! I thank you Becali said, but I still have three years of contract with Reading and I want to stay here."