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Mariappa signs on

17 July 2012

Defender moves from Watford

The Royals are very pleased to announce the signing of defender Adrian Mariappa from Watford.

The 25-year-old centre back has signed a three-year contract at Madejski Stadium, and traveled with his new teammates for our pre-season training camp in Portugal on Wednesday.

The club have paid a significant fee for Adrian's services and look forward to adding him to our already competitive squad.

Chairman Sir John Madejski said, "I would like to welcome Adrian to Reading Football Club, this is another very positive step by the club and one I am delighted has been completed. Adrian is very highly thought of and we hope he can develop even further under Brian McDermott and his staff."

Director of Football Nick Hammond said, "It's great to have this done, it has taken a period of time over the summer because of the change in ownership at Watford so a lot has gone into getting it completed. He's a centre half with Premier League experience, he's got good pace and is a fantastic individual. In terms of personality and character he'll fit in perfectly and also quickly, which is important."

Manager Brian McDermott added, "I'm delighted to get the deal to sign Aidy over the line, we have been chasing him all summer. He's been a very important player for Watford over a number of years, he is well known to most of our players already and also the staff here. Every single person I have spoken to about him has nothing but good things to say about him both as a player and as a person."

Adrian said, "It's a great feeling to have signed. The Premier League is the best in the world, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to come here, try to work my way into the team and perform for Reading Football Club."

The Jamaican international has been a one-club man at Watford, playing almost 250 games for the Hornets after coming through the ranks at Vicarage Road under the tutelage of Nigel Gibbs, Chris Cummins and David Dodds, who are of course now all part of the Reading staff.

For a relatively young man he has great experience, including knowledge of the Barclays Premier League. He has played 30 or more games in each of the last five seasons and is exceptionally dependable.

From 2009 to 2011 he played 113 consecutive games for the Hornets, the fourth longest run in the club's history.

Last season he was vice captain at Vicarage Road, and skippered their youth and reserve teams earlier in his career. 

He was named his club's Player of the Season in May, and although primarily a central defender, he can also play at full back.

The deal is subject to normal ratification of paperwork by the football authorities, and his squad number will be confirmed in due course.

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