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Royals set Academy record

20 August 2014

Most graduates to make debut in a season

On Tuesday night, the Royals set a new club record with the most Academy graduates to make their debuts for Reading in one season - despite the campaign being just four games old.

After coming off the bench at half time in our defeat to Huddersfield, Aaron Kuhl became the fifth youth graduate in 2014/15 to have made their first professional appearance for the Royals, which is more than any other campaign since the Reading FC Academy began.

Ryan Edwards made his debut in our first Sky Bet Championship fixture of the season away at Wigan, Craig Tanner was a late substitute in our Capital One Cup tie with Newport County in which he scored, while Jake Cooper and Jack Stacey were both introduced late on to help the Royals to a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town last weekend.

All five have impressed during their time on the pitch for the Royals, with our latest graduate Kuhl registering a pass completion percentage of 94% - more than any other player on the pitch (STAT: squawka).

Enough Academy graduates have become first team debutants to displace the previous joint record of four from 2008/09 (Jem Karacan, Julian Kelly, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Simon Church) and 2009/10 (Scott Davies, Hal Robson-Kanu, Ben Hamer and Nicholas Bignall).

In total, there have now been 31 players who have played for the first team having come through the Academy, while 16 players have so far been unused substitutes. Click here for a full list on our Academy graduates.

Take a look at a graphic of Kuhl's passing success below.

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