Centre back signs contractAcademy defender Dominic Hyam has become the latest Royals youngster to sign his first professional contract with the club.
The 17-year-old, who was a key part of the resolute back line that took our under 18s to the Premier League final last year - signed a three year contract on Monday evening that will keep him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2016.
Hyam is a cultured centre-back who joined the club in 2008 and made his first start for the under-18s in the last match of 2011/12 against Birmingham. He has always shown an eye for goal, scoring seven goals in 26(+2) appearances for our Academy last season - and has begun to make the step up to under 21 level in the current campaign.
"I'm very delighted, I've been here since I was 12 and this is what all the hard work is for - it's come down to this," said Hyam. "I look at the likes of Jordan Obita, who is flying now in the first team - I just have to follow in the footsteps of the them and see where it takes me."
Dominic has given an exclusive interview to our online TV station Reading FC Player - watch it here.
The defender has already got on the scoresheet twice for the Academy this season - including a dramatic late equaliser to set up a wonderful 2-1 win away to Arsenal, which you can see on our YouTube channel below.
Hyam is in the squad for Tuesday evening's U21 Premier League Cup match against QPR at Madejski Stadium (kick off 7pm). Entry is free - click here for more.
Watch Dom's goal above and part of his Reading FC Player interview.