Garath McCleary admits there was a connection with Reading which convinced him about a move to the Madejski stadium.
The pair both passed through Slough Town - McDermott as a manager and McCleary as a player - and the winger obviously made a lasting impression on Royals' boss.
"I know Brian McDermott was at Slough as well, in fact, he spoke about it the day I signed for Reading. He said he's known me since I was a youngster and had been following me for ages," McCleary told the Reading Chronicle.
"I suppose I've come a long way since those non-league days if I'm honest."