England international goalkeeper who is a product of Reading's Academy and a highly-rated young stopper.
As part of our strong stable of goalkeepers, he furthered his progress with a highly successful year-long loan at Yeovil, becoming their number one and playing 45 games in 2009/10.
His performances at Huish Park also earned him a new contract at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2013, and he made his England u21 debut just days after putting pen to paper in August 2010; then immediately began a loan spell at Brentford before returning to be on the bench for our first team.
He enjoyed a superb spell in our team at the end of the 2010/11 season, making a string of outstanding saves and helpingus to the FA Cup quarter final. One save away to Everton was described by former England boss Kevin Keegan as 'one of the best saves you'll ever see.'
At the end of the season he gained further experience as part of England's squad for the UEFA U21 Championships.
The promising goalkeeper further enhanced his reputation with loan spells at both Leeds and Ipswich in the 2011/12 campaign. Returned to the Royals for the Barclays Premier League campaign of 2012/13, and made his top flight debut against Tottenham Hotspur in September 2012.
Impressed for the Royals between in the sticks in the early part of the season, particularly during a world-class performance to help Reading seal a 2-2 draw at Swansea in October 2012, until suffering a shoulder injury while making an injury-time save at Queens Park Rangers a month later.
On his return after undergoing surgery, he produced another outstanding display to earn the Royals a 0-0 draw against Liverpool towards the end of the season, to which Brendan Rodgers described as one of the best goalkeeping displays he has ever seen.
Was voted second by the supporters in the Player of the Season award, and ended an excellent year on an almighty high. Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson recognised the talent and potential of Alex, as he was included in the senior England squad for friendlies against Ireland and Brazil.