McDermott on Jay's future
Royals boss Brian McDermott has pledged to do the right thing by Jay Tabb - and will not stand in the midfielder’s way if a suitable offer comes in for him during this transfer window.
Tabb, 29 next month, is out of contract this summer and Brian will take an honourable approach with the midfelder, who he has described as one of the best professionals he has ever worked with.
Brian said, "I spoke to Jay, he is a fantastic person and I need to do right by him. I said to him if an opportunity comes your way that is right and the clubs do a deal, I will not stand in your way."
With the Royals having signed two midfielders and clubs having to resubmit their 25-man Premier League squads at the start of February, Brian has to assess all of the options available to him in this window, saying, "Make no mistake, I rate him very highly. At this moment in time he’s not been offered a contract so I’m trying to do right by him, it’s a fine balance. We've signed Hope and Daniel, we have five or six midfield players, if he’s not in our 18 every week and if he wants to go and play I’ll do right by him.
"The last thing I would want to happen – and it may well not – is to come to the summer and Jay is stuck in the queue with a lot of players. I want to do right by him and I will do right by him."
Also speaking on Reading FC Player and BBC Berkshire after the game, when asked about his future Jay's first thought as always was for the club and his teammates.
"Firstly I'm delighted for the boys, they played well and it was an amazing result. West Brom were 2-0 up with ten minutes to go, to get three goals back showed great character and everyone is delighted in the changing room."
He continued, "On Friday I had an honest chat with the gaffer, he pulled me in and said I'm probably not needed any more, if something comes up in January I can go or wait until the end of the season on a free. It was a totally friendly conversation, we shook hands.
"I've played 12 or 13 games this season and done pretty well, obviously the club signed two more midfielders and without a new contract offer it was kind of expected, the writing was on the wall. It's one of those things and I said to him if I'm here until the end of the season and needed he can rely on me.
"It happens in football and you can't stay forever. Of course I wanted to stay but you can't force clubs to keep you. Like I say, it's one of those things and I'm sure if I move in January the club will wish me well and I will wish the club well. The fans have been great to me, the same with the players as well, and if I'm needed before the end of the season they can rely on me."