Josh Sims says he wants to use his season on loan at Reading to prove he is worthy of playing for Southampton regularly in the future. The 21-year-old broke into the first-team two years ago when Claude Puel was at the helm but has since struggled for opportunities under Mauricio Pellegrino and current boss Mark Hughes.
Hughes made it clear to the winger that opportunities could again be few and far between this season, with Sims starting the campaign in the Under-23 set-up.
Instead of trying to catch the Welsh tactician’s eye in the youth ranks, Sims has taken the opportunity to go to Reading on loan and believes playing for the Royals in the Championship could provide him with the platform to become a first-team regular at St Mary’s in the future.
He said: “I got my chance at Southampton. There were a couple of injuries and I got my break.
“I had a good few games but now is a good time for me to go out on loan and prove myself week in week out and just improve my overall game.
“Rather than playing one game here and there, I’m trying to get a run of games and prove myself.”