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Hammond on Akpan deal

PUBLISHED

17:05 8th January 2013

Nick pleased with signing

Director of Football Nick Hammond is pleased that the club have brought in Hope Akpan, and believes it is very important for us to continually develop young talent.

The Royals have a history of promoting young players and also of unearthing gems from all around the football pyramid, and Nick has been crucial to that process.

The club now hopes that Akpan is the next player to make that same step, and Nick said, "It is very important we continue to identify and develop young players that we feel can play at this level, both from our own Academy and also from outside the club. 

"We are delighted to have signed Hope and I would also like to thank Steve Coppell for his assistance in completing this deal, even though it was a new experience having Steve on the other side of the table!"

The very first interview with our new signing can be found on Reading FC Player here (freeview video below), and we'll also have exclusive footage of his Reading FC debut in our friendly win over QPR online on Wednesday.