Ivar's only focus is beating knee injuryBy Jonny Fordham
June 17, 2009
Ivar Ingimarsson said he is not going to lose sleep over the apointment of the new Royals captain after Graeme Murty was released.
The influential centre-back and vice-captain handed over the skipper’s armband to James Harper near the start of last season because he hoped it would give his team-mate a boost.
Club captain Murty missed the campaign with a calf strain.
The former Iceland international said it would be a proud day for him to be given the armband on a permananet basis, but added there were several worthy candidates.
Speaking to the Post while on holiday with his family in his home country, he said: “It’s not something I think about before I go to sleep at night. What ever happens will happen.
“We have a new manager and he will want to bring in his own players and ideas.
“I am always proud of what I have achieved, but there are many players at this club who can be fantastic captains.
“James Harper was one of them and for me he is the captain, but whatever the new manager does is up to him.
“If it is going to be Harper then I have no problem with that.
“Whoever it may be I will be fully behind that person and will work with them to help the club succeed.”
The 31-year-old talisman who was named Player of the Year by Reading fans in 2007 after Royals’ first year in the Premierhsip has been sidelined since January with knee cartilage damge in his left leg.
However, that hasn’t ruled him out from committing his future to the club and he said he hopes to end his career at the Madejski Stadium.
“My position is that I want to finish my career at Reading and I told the club that before the end of the season. I want to play for three or four years more and I would like to end my career here in England with Reading.
“I’m not ruling out finishing my playing days in Iceland, but I am happy here and so are my family.”
Ingimarsson played no part in the club’s unsuccessful promotion chasing season since January and has been working hard on getting back to full fitness.
“The knee has been all right and I feel good,” he said.
“I’ve started to run on it a little bit increasing the pressure and I am pretty sure I will be ready for pre-season which I’m looking forward to.”
Ingimarsson is looking forward to the new era under Brendan Rodgers and thanked Steve Coppell for bringing him to the club from Wolves for £100,000 in October 2003.
He said: “Early on in the summer I was thinking of what might have been, but now I’m looking forward to playing football again and the start of the new season.
“I think the squad can definitely challenge next season and if you look at it last year we could have fielded two squads who would have done well in this league.
“I have not spoken to Brendan yet, but he is a young and ambitious manager who knows Reading and lives here too and I am sure he will do well.
“I knew him for a couple of months before he went to Chelsea and when someone goes to a big club like Chelsea you know they must be a special person and doing something right.
“I think the fact that he is a Reading fan and everything else isn’t essential for the job.
“But I do think it is definitely a positive.”
The stand-in captain is also hopeful that fellow countryman and friend Brynjar Gunnarsson will commit his future to the club after being offered a one-year contract extension.
Ingimarsson, who was hailed as Steve Coppell’s best-ever signing by the former boss, added: “I have spoken to Bryn and would like him to stay at Reading just like with all our quality players.
“Clubs may be looking at him because he is a quality player, but I think he wants to stay.”