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Thanking the fans

5 June 2013

Farewell from Tabb, Hunt, Church, Harte and Shorey

A number of players leaving Reading for pastures new have said their farewells to the club and our supporters.

Jay Tabb, who has signed a two-year deal with Ipswich, recently got in touch with the club and said: "I'd like to thank all of the fans, players and staff at Reading for a fantastic four and a half years.

"I'll always look back on my time at the club with fond memories and I've made some good friends along the way. Winning the league in 2011/12 has to be the highlight of my career.

"I'm already looking forward to playing at Madejski Stadium next season and I'm sure the club has a great chance of bouncing straight back up. Wishing you all a good summer and all of the best for the future."

Ian Harte, who spent three seasons at Madejski Stadium, said on his Twitter account: "Thanks for three fantastic years, Reading. I wish you all the best in the future. I have loved the three years I have been here and will miss playing for a brilliant club."

Noel Hunt comes to the end of a five year spell at the club, and he said, "I would like to take a minute to say thank you very much to the Reading fans. You have been nothing but amazing to me since I arrived and for that I thank you sincerely.

"We have had our ups and downs in this time but we had them together - not just as players and fans but as people and friends together. I have no doubt that Reading will bounce back to the top flight with the great people at the club.

"On a personal note I would like to thank Nigel, Andy and all the staff at Reading, especially Sir John Madejski, for five wonderful years."

Simon Church came through the Royals Academy and went on to play over 50 games for Reading. He said, "I want to thank everyone at Reading who supported me over the years.

"The club helped me to achieve becoming a full international and I was part of a Championship winning side. I would like to wish everyone involved with the club every success in the future - I'm sure it will be a very positive one."

Left back Nicky Shorey rejoined the Royals in the summer of 2012 for his second spell at the club and said, "I'd like to thank the club and the fans for giving me another opportunity to play here again - I'm just disappointed it didn't work out for the club this season.

"It's been great to play at Madejski Stadium for one last time - it's a place where I've had some great memories and ones I won't forget."

Reading Football Club would like to wish all our departing Royals the best of luck in the future.

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