Reading defender Mariappa confident handling Premier League physical stuff

Adrian Mariappa is confident he can handle the bustle of the Premier League at Reading. He is now set to become one of the shortest centre-halves in the Premier League at 5ft 10in tall.

Adrian Mariappa is confident he can handle the bustle of the Premier League at Reading.

He is now set to become one of the shortest centre-halves in the Premier League at 5ft 10in tall.

Mariappa told the Reading Chronicle: "Like most people I tried every kind of sport as a kid.

"I was really into judo before I even started playing football. Then as a teenager I was quite into basketball which is where I think I got my leap from.

"I also did athletics and I think the combination of all those sports helped me in my football career.

"But if I had to say one in particular it was basketball. I can really get some good height when I jump, and I can use to good effect."

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