Reading Football Club would like to send their best wishes to Brynjar Gunnarsson, who has left the club after giving nearly eight years of fantastic service to the Royals.
The midfielder has returned to his native Iceland and will take up a player/coaching role with Reykjavík based club KR – where he began his professional career in 1995.
Bryn contacted our press office this week and was keen to send out a message of thanks to everyone connected with the Royals.
"Reading Football Club have been a huge part of my life for many, many years now and will continue to have a place in my heart for as long as I live,” he said.
“I have an incredible amount of happy memories from my time there, too many to mention, but of course I would like to thank all the staff and players who I have had the pleasure to work with at Hogwood Park. I also want to thank the supporters for their superb backing - something which has really meant a lot to me and my family. Reading will always be the first result that I check for - and I wish the club all the success in the world."
Gunnarsson made a total of 108 (+55) appearances for Reading, scoring ten goals and putting in a number of memorable performances.
He collected two Championship titles in his time at Madejski Stadium and played a huge role not only in our initial rise to Premier League prominence – but also in a duo of unforgettable FA Cup runs. Who will ever forget the famous nutmeg and assist for Shane Long’s Anfield winner!
Manager Brian McDermott said: “Brynjar Gunnarsson has been an absolute hero for our club. In all the time he’s been here, he has been nothing but a top man and a top player. He's got an opportunity to go coaching and playing in Iceland - and his family is out there. He came to me a few weeks ago and said that if he did get the chance to go back, then he wanted to do that. And it is sad because he's been a great servant for our club and it was a privilege to work with him. I wish him and his family all the very best in his new career."
Director of Football Nick Hammond echoed the manager's sentiments.
"Bryn was one of the five we brought in during the summer of 2005 and he helped to take us to the Premier League for the first time in our history," he said.
"He was an incredibly important signing for us at that point in time and he went on to be a hugely influential player both on and off the pitch. The way he conducted himself, his attitude and application were first class. He has been a great help to our young players, including Gylfi Sigurdsson - he was an important part of his development. He came in last Friday, shook everyone's hand and was out the door. That's him. Low fuss, low maintenance, a top individual and should rightly go down as a real important play in Reading's history. Brynjar Gunnarsson was a magnificent servant both on and off the pitch."
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