Reading midfielder Adam Le Fondre is thrilled to be in the Premier League.

There was to be no ­pampered start to this ­football career. Le Fondre went to the famous Crewe academy, then Stockport, ­Rochdale, Rotherham...

"I was 17 or 18 when Aston Villa and ­Arsenal had a look. Nothing happened," he said. "But now I am in the ­Premier League, all that travelling round to the likes of Accrington was worth it."