UPDATED 12:38 12th July 2016
Found honing his talents in Ligue 2 with Le Havre, Joseph Mendes joined the Royals on a two-year deal in July 2016, adding fresh attacking talent to the new-look squad for the 2016/17 EFL season.
Starting his footballing career with Grenoble, Mendes went on to have spells with SAS Epinal, Le Mans and Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria before joining Le Havre in 2014/15 where he developed an eye for goal.
The forward scored nine goals in 24 league starts for Le Havre during 2015/16 including four in the last three league games of the campaign.
Standing at 6’1” tall, Mendes helped the Normandy-based side to a fourth-placed finish, ahead of the likes of Lens and Auxerre, but narrowly missing out on promotion to the top tier on goals scored as Metz clung on to the last Ligue 1 place, despite Mendes scoring in a 5-0 final day win for Bob Bradley’s men.
The striker chose to join Jaap Stam’s Reading outfit at the start of the new EFL Sky Bet Championship season and tasted first team football for the initial time with the Royals during a pre-season tour of Oosterbeek in Holland.