Date of birth
A stalwart at Reading FC, Garath McCleary joined from Nottingham Forest in time for our second tilt at the Premier League in 2012.
Oxford-born winger McCleary established himself as a goalscoring wide-man at Nottingham Forest. He spent time at both Oxford United and Oxford City as a teenager before joining Slough Town in 2005.
The Jamaican international moved to Bromley in 2007 where he impressed Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood, who offered McCleary a trial and eventually signed him.
Though he suffered injury mid-way through the 2011/12 season, McCleary bounced back to score six goals in March – four of which came in a 7-3 thriller at Leeds.
The speedy winger was named Championship Player of the Month for March and was eventually voted Forest’s Player of the Season before signing for Reading in May 2012.
Garath impressed in a Reading shirt as the 2012/13 campaign progressed, notching four goals in all competitions. He made over 40 appearances the following year where he scored five times – the pick of the bunch being a fantastic volley against Burnley at Madejski Stadium on the final day of the season, the goal that Royals supporters voted as Goal of the 2013/14 season.
On the international scene he has been a consistent involvement with Jamaica. In 2015 the Reggae Boyz reached the final of the Gold Cup with McCleary bagging goals against Costa Rica and El Salvador en-route.
At club level, McCleary is now a double-centurion in terms of appearances for the Royals. And he added to that during an impressive 2016-17 campaign that saw him sign a new deal at Madejski Stadium in January.
The wing wizard scored nine goals across the campaign, including two in the first four minutes at Wigan in early November.