U18s pair pen professional contractsReading Football Club are pleased to announce that Academy second year scholars Jack Stacey and Aaron Kuhl have signed professional contracts, keeping them at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2016.
The pair, both aged 17, were regulars in our successful under-18s side that reached the Barclays Under 18s Premier League final in 2012/13, and have continued to shine for both the Academy and our under-21s during this season.
Aaron is a central midfielder who defends well and can also get forward. He is the son of Professional Phase Coach Martin Kuhl and joined the club in 2008. He made his breakthrough in 2011/12 when he made his debut for the under-18s in the final match against Birmingham.
Though only a first year scholar, Aaron was captain of the under-18s during the 2012/13 season and led the side to the Premier League final. Aaron now also regularly features for our under-21s team, and recently skippered the side in a 1-1 draw with Norwich at the Camrose Stadium.
On signing a two and a half year deal Aaron said, “It’s amazing, to come through the Academy system and then sign as a pro – it’s the best thing ever. I've really enjoyed leading the lads as captain - they're a great bunch."
Jack is a technically gifted and versatile player that is comfortable in midfield or at full-back. Composed on the ball and always full of energy, Stacey has been with the club since 2004 and has also featured for our under-21s team.
The useful midfielder has played seven times this season for the under-18s and six for the under-18s, finding the back of the net three times for the Academy.
After putting pen to paper Stacey told Reading FC Player, "Aaron and I have been playing together since we were about ten years old, so it’s great to both be here today signing these contracts. It's a fantastic feeling.”
Speaking after the signing, Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan said: “We have a philosophy here of ensuring our players know how to take and deal with the ball, and these two lads do that well. Hopefully they keep working on that too, to get rid of this English disease of a lack of technique. Aaron plays centre midfield, Jack also plays central midfield but can play as a full back or wide. Importantly they have really good spirit, which has been a common denominator with many of the players that have come through and made it at this club.”
The pair are both set to feature for our under-18s this Friday night’s FA Youth Cup third round tie against Leeds United at Elland Road, they helped the side beat last season’s Champions Norwich City in the league last week.