Players to remain Royals
Reading Football Club has offered new contracts to eight young professionals and an additional ten scholars.
From our Under 21s group, midfielder Aaron Tshibola, defenders Sean Long and Shane Griffin, plus goalkeepers Dan Lincoln and Stuart Moore - who all starred in our historic Premier League Cup win – have all been offered new deals. During the season Aaron Kuhl, Jack Stacey, Liam Kelly, Tariqe Fosu, Jake Cooper and Dominic Hyam all put pen to paper on professional deals.
Ten of the 13 youngsters who played in our historic FA Youth Cup semi-final this season are already contracted to the club, and the remaining three - Nana Owusu, George McLennan and Rob Dickie - have all been offered their first professional contracts.
We have agreed to sign striker Andrija Novakovich this summer, he arrives from America and is of Serbian descent. And joining the Club as scholars this year are striker Joshua Barrett, winger Justin Thompson-Lee, midfielder Ryan East, defenders Daniel Akinwunmi, Harrison Bennett, Joshua Chatee and Gabriel Osho, and goalkeepers Luke Southwood and Joe Tupper.
We would like to place on record our best wishes to a number of players who are leaving the club following the expiration of their contracts. Young pros Lawson D’Ath and Nick Arnold have been with the club for a number of years and are now departing, as are under 21s players Gozie Ugwu, Shepherd Murombedzi and Matt Partridge. Scholars De’Jaune Taylor-Crossdale, Germaine Ofori and Jack Jeffrey also move on with our very best wishes and will be giving them every possible assistance to find new clubs. News on more young players will be published in due course.
Director of Football Nick Hammond said, “We have now secured the futures of the vast majority of players from this year’s Under 21s and Under 18s, which I am sure will come as very positive news for our supporters.
“This season we made the strategic decision to secure a number of young players on contracts earlier than we have done in the past, because we have faith in our Academy system and the work that Eamonn and his staff are putting in.
“It has been a very successful season for our youth team setup and next year we are hoping that a number of these boys can progress further into the first team pool, that always has to be their goal.”