With the mad rush of transfer deadline day well underway, it seems a fitting time to look back on the deals already completed by Brian McDermott and his team behind the scenes. In total the Royals have captured seven senior players over the summer, with two promising youth prospects also coming through the door.
Transfer Round UpGarath McCleary
A winger who has already proved thrilling to watch for Royals fans in the early part of the campaign – Nottingham Forest’s Player of the Season was signed up all the way back in May.
Brian McDermott: “He’s a player with massive potential, he wants to learn, he’s got real pace and he’s already given an insight into what he’s all about.”
Former Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle man who was snapped up on a free transfer at the end of June. Like McCleary, he has already caught the eye of Reading supporters in his short time at Madejski Stadium.
Brian McDermott: “He is a top class passer of the ball, a player who can get around the pitch. Myself and Nick Hammond flew out to the Middle East to meet Danny and get the deal done and at 25 he is still a really good age with massive improvement in him.”
The Russian international striker has scored twice in his first three games in a Reading shirt – including a memorable header at Stamford Bridge against the European Champions.
Brian McDermott: “It look a long time to secure Pavel’s signature over the summer, but we’re absolutely delighted to get him. He scored in the Barclays Premier League last year, and he is another player with a real team ethos.”
Welsh international with over 200 professional appearances to his name at club level. Arrived from Nottingham Forest in time to join his new teammates on the tour of Portugal.
Brian McDermott: “A full back with massive experience under his belt despite only just turning 23. He’s a regular international, he is the right age and has a great attitude.”
Like Gunter, Mariappa signed on just in time to enjoy a fortnight of bonding with the squad on the continent. A Jamaican international – he was named as Watford’s Player of the Season at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.
Brian McDermott: “Has played a lot of League games for a young man. He plays for his country, he’s a modern-day defender with real pace and as a one-club man was very well thought of at Watford.”
An England international left back who needs to introduction to Reading fans. Has signalled his intention to give something back to the supporters who backed him so fervently in his first spell at Madejski Stadium.
Brian McDermott: “I thought long and hard about bringing Nicky to the club, and if anyone could have found a better deal than this, they have done exceptionally well. He was on a free transfer, he’s played the last six years in the Premier League, he has real quality and we are delighted to have him here. Most importantly, he was delighted to be back here.”
Experienced 'keeper brought in after Mikkel Andersen joined Portsmouth on loan. Started his career at Arsenal, and has also been on the books of Aston Villa and Manchester City.
Nick Hammond:, "I'm delighted to have signed Stuart, he is a very experienced goalkeeper at the top level and having him here allows us to loan Mikkel Andersen out and get him some games."
Teenage centre back captured from League of Ireland side Bray Wanders. Has already represented his country at under 19 level.
Another defender from across the Irish Sea, Long has entered the Royals Academy after signing on from Cherry Orchard FC.
Brian McDermott: "Pierce is a player I saw for Bray and he continues our fine tradition of Irish players coming into the club. Sean is a young player that was identified to us and we are delighted with both of them, they have real aspirations to play in our first team and we wish them well.”