Cheltenham Town video: Hector given a glowing Robins report
MICHAEL Hector believes he is improving with each loan spell he experiences.
The Reading centre-back joined Cheltenham Town for an initial month's loan on Wednesday, but an extension until the end of the season has already been discussed.
Having spent time at Barnet last season and struggling Shrewsbury Town and Aldershot Town this term, Hector is looking forward to playing for a team at the right end of a division.
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"The manager (Mark Yates) told me he wants automatic promotion and what's why I have come here," Hector said.
"This will be the first team I have played for going for promotion because so far I've been in struggling teams getting them out of trouble."
Cheltenham made an approach for Hector last summer, but the move did not materialise.
Having been given rave reviews of the club by Reading colleagues Lawson D'Ath and Jake Taylor, who have both been on loan at Whaddon Road this season, Hector said he jumped at a second chance to make the same move.
"They both said great things about Cheltenham and said they enjoyed themselves," he said.
"They also told me if I got a chance to come here again I'd better take it, so I said yes!"
Hector is 6ft 4in and regarded by Yates as particularly mobile for a big central defender.
He is likely to start alongside Steve Elliott in tomorrow's League Two home match against Torquay United.
"I am comfortable on the ball for a defender and I like to pick a pass," Hector said.
"I am pretty mobile and quicker than a lot of League Two centre-halves.
"Now you have to be comfortable on the ball in the Premier League and even the Championship.
"I feel I am improving with every loan and if you are not learning, you are not doing your job properly.
"You should be improving every day if you want to play in the top flight, as I do."
Hector played against Cheltenham twice last season for Barnet, drawing 2-2 at Underhill and going down 2-0 at the Abbey Business Stadium.
He played in the same Bees side as current Robins midfielder Sam Deering.
Hector, 20, said he was becoming used to settling into new surroundings, but he would be happy for a longer spell at Cheltenham.
"I am getting used to singing songs on first away trips and travelling around, but I want to settle here and kick on now," he said.
"There are a few new lads here now so we will all settle in well and it's easier when there is a group."