Youngster signs extended contractReading Football Club are pleased to announce that promising young forward Craig Tanner has signed a new contract until the summer of 2017, and he will also further his football development with by joining AFC Wimbledon on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old’s previous contract was due to expire this summer, but the club have secured his services by tying him to Madejski Stadium for a further two and a half years. He can be recalled from Wimbledon after a month if the club wish to do so.
Tanner has been with the club since the age of 8, and impressed in 1(+4) appearances for the Royals earlier this season. In that time he scored the fastest debut goal in Madejski Stadium history, hitting the back of the net four minutes and 21 seconds into his first Reading appearance against Newport.
The skilful forward has recently recovered from a knee injury, and he will now experience League Two with the Dons, who are looking to make a play-off charge after this season’s impressive FA Cup run.
Manager Steve Clarke said, “Craig Tanner is one of a number of young players who we have high hopes for here at Reading FC. Unfortunately for Craig there are a number of experienced players ahead of him in my current thoughts. However I firmly believe that young players need to play competitive football to aid their development. Craig’s loan to AFC Wimbledon will enable him to take part in those types of games and, at a team who showed recently in their FA Cup tie with Liverpool that they try to play the game in the right manner. We look forward to following Craig’s development at the Dons and hope that he comes back an even better player.”
Craig added, “I’m overwhelmed to sign, having been here for so long. I’m very happy to be here, and being in the first team here is my goal. The manager has said that it’s a great time for me to go out on loan, he said I’ve done well in training and he just thinks that I should go out there, get some experience, play well and then hopefully I can give him a headache for when I come back.”