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Club’s gratitude as Kelly departure confirmed

22 July 2015

Royals recognise changing of the guard

Reading Football Club can confirm that defender Stephen Kelly has not agreed a new contract for next season, and this is an opportune moment to thank a number of players & staff who left the Royals this summer.

The Club discussed a new contract with Irish international defender Kelly, but we could not reach an agreement and the 31-year-old is moving on to pastures new with our best wishes.

Kelly’s departure comes soon after Jem Karacan joined Galatasaray, while Adam Federici, Alex Pearce and Mikkel Andersen also left, having spent their entire professional careers at Madejski Stadium.

So this summer has seen a changing of the guard at Madejski Stadium, and while we look forward to the future with optimism, the Club felt it right to express its gratitude to those who have left. The game of football moves quickly, but that should not preclude us from simply saying thank you.

Importantly, we wanted to place on record our gratitude to Sal Bibbo, Luke Anthony, Selby Armstrong and Dan Buchanan. They served the Club with class and distinction for many years and we wish them great success in their future careers. Simply put, Sal, Luke, Selby and Dan all made huge contributions into making Reading Football Club what it is today.

Director of Football Nick Hammond said, "As a Club, it is important to place on record our thanks to those who left over the course of this summer. A number of players moved on, but their development through our Academy means they will always be one of our own. We have seen the likes of Adam, Jem and Alex come through our system to play on the biggest stages in the world, and we will always be proud of their journeys.

"And in our staff, Sal, Luke, Selby and Dan represented the Club superbly, not just as professionals but also as people. I speak on behalf of the entire club when I say that nobody will forget the part that they played in the most successful period in the Club's history to date.

"We will always be hugely grateful for the foundations that our former players and staff helped to build.

"And now, we move into a new era and look forward to creating new memories under Steve Clarke with our new players and staff."

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