Jason Roberts wants Premier League return with Reading

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Late Kick Off: Roberts targets Premier League return

Reading striker Jason Roberts says he is desperate for a return to the Premier League so he can have one last crack at the big time.

The 34-year-old has twice been promoted to the English top flight - with West Brom and Wigan - while he has also played for Blackburn Rovers.

Reading are currently second in the Championship, two points behind leaders Southampton with six games to play.

"Without doubt I want another crack at it," Roberts told BBC Late Kick Off.

Roberts arrived at Reading in January and has scored five goals in 12 games for Brian McDermott's side.

He has helped fire them into the automatic promotion places and the 34-year-old is desperate for a Premier League return.

"I didn't come to Reading for an easy life," said Roberts. "I joined Reading to play Premier League football.

"I've had a successful spell in the Premier League over the past six or seven seasons and finished in the top 10 scorers a few times. I want some more of that.

"I left a legacy at Wigan, getting promoted and seeing them do well and it will be fantastic for me as an individual to do that with Reading and take it a step further."

Having climbed to second, Reading are now just a couple points off top with leaders Southampton still to play. And with six games to go Roberts says he is now targeting the Championship title.

"Without doubt it would be nice to win the trophy, but it is not something we are speaking about," he said.

"I have been promoted twice as a player but never won the league and I think as a player you always strive to do better.

Roberts added: "As individuals people may look at them and say "Is that really a Premier League team"?

"But look at Swansea, Norwich this season and the Wigan team I played for. We believe at Reading that if we were to get there then we could perform at that level without a shadow of a doubt."

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