Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that right-back Chris Gunter
has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with the Royals.
Our Newport-born defender’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season, but this new deal will see the 26-year-old remain as a Royal until the summer of 2018.
Royals boss Brian McDermott said, “We are all absolutely delighted that Chris has committed to the club for another two years. He was one of the first signings I made after earning promotion to the Premier League here in 2012 and he has gone on to play more than 150 times for our club since. In that time, he has also been a real stalwart for his country, achieving qualification for this summer’s European Championships with Wales – so it’s a really good day for us all.”
As an ever present this season, Gunter has started every one of our league and cup matches in 2015-16 – and barring the final moments of our game at Hull back in December, when a nasty head wound forced him off the pitch just before the final whistle, Chris has played every single minute of our season so far.
He made his 150th appearance for the club when he kept a clean sheet here against Wolves a fortnight ago, and his 150th Royals start came just a week later as Reading battled to a 0-0 draw against Burnley, the Championship’s top scorers going into last weekend’s set of fixtures.
The former Cardiff City and Spurs full-back made his Reading debut against Stoke City on the opening day of our Premier League campaign back in August 2012, having signed for Brian McDermott’s title-winning side from Nottingham Forest earlier that summer.
And he soon became one of the most valued members of our back four; Gunter has now made more starts for the Royals than any other player in our first team squad – and only his Welsh international compatriot Hal Robson-Kanu has achieved more appearances for the club.
Simultaneously, Gunter has played an integral part in Wales achieving qualification to the European Championships over the last couple of years and, with more than 60 caps to his name already, Chris is set to represent Chris Coleman’s side against Group B opponents Russia, Slovakia and England in France this summer.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “Chris is a player with extensive top flight and international experience and, having now started 150 games in less than four full seasons at the club, there is no doubt about how important a player he has been for Reading since signing back in 2012 – so I’m delighted he has agreed this new deal.”