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THANKS TO DEPARTING ROYALS

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12:28 24th May 2013

Director of Football issues thanks

Director of Football Nick Hammond has paid tribute to the first team players leaving Madejski Stadium this summer.

Noel Hunt, Ian Harte, Nicky Shorey, Simon Church, Jay Tabb and Joseph Mills are all moving on to pastures new, having each made an impact on the club’s success during their time in Berkshire.

Nick said, “Every one of the players leaving this summer has played in a part in the club’s recent success and on behalf of the club I would like to wish them all well for the future.

“Both on and off the pitch they have shown great professionalism, set excellent examples to our young players and contributed massively to the team.

“Now both they and the club move to the next stage of their futures and the players will be welcome back at Madejski Stadium any time.”

Speaking regarding Alex Pearce, Nick said, “We have been speaking to him with regards to his contract throughout the season. Unfortunately, up until this point we have not managed to find a deal which is mutually acceptable to both parties. I am keen however, now the season has finished, to have a further conversation with Alex and his representatives to understand his thoughts and give him the club’s final position.”

Youngsters Angus MacDonald, Charlie Losasso, Josh Webb and Brett Williams are all moving on, and Nick added, “Our young players have an excellent grounding here and a good opportunity to continue their careers elsewhere. We’ll be doing all we can to help them at the next stage of their development and they all move on with our best wishes.”

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