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CHRIS GUNTER
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  • CHRIS GUNTER
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UPDATED 04:19 18th June 2014

A Welsh international right back who joined the Royals in the summer of 2012, Gunter has played international football since U17 level.

At 16, he became the youngest ever player to represent their U21 side and in 2007 the then Cardiff defender was named the Football League’s Apprentice of the Year.

Such recognition earned him an eye-catching move to Tottenham Hotspur and, coincidentally, his debut for the North London outfit came against the Royals in an FA Cup tie.

Gunter found his first-team opportunities limited at Spurs and after initially joining Nottingham Forest on loan he made a permanent switch to the Midlands.

He racked up almost 150 games for Forest and was named as the best right-back in the Championship for the 2009/10 season. Reading came calling in the summer of 2012, following their promotion to the Premier League, and the solitary top-flight campaign saw Gunter turn out 20 times for the Royals.

More international recognition arrived during 2013/14 as he became the youngest Welshman to reach to 50 caps and at the conclusion of the campaign the full-back was voted as runner-up to Jordan Obita in the Royals’ Player of the Year vote.

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