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Confirmed: McShane is third signing in four days

2 July 2015

Ireland international signs until 2018

The Royals are delighted to announce a third signing in the space of four days with the arrival of Ireland international defender Paul McShane.

The 29-year-old brings great experience and quality to Madejski Stadium, and signs a contract until the summer of 2018, having left Hull City this summer.

Manager Steve Clarke said, “Even before Alex Pearce chose to leave the club on a free transfer I had decided that another experienced central defender was needed for this season.

“I knew that Paul’s contract with Hull City was due to expire and was always monitoring the situation. When we met up earlier in the summer for a chat I knew that Paul would be a good signing for Reading FC and I’m pleased that we managed to get the deal completed.

“As well as his obvious talents as an experienced defender who is aggressive both in the air and on the ground, I felt that he was a good character to bring into our squad.

“Paul has gained good experience at many clubs and, like Stephen Quinn, was an important part of a promotion-winning team. He has a winning mentality and it will be good for our two young central defenders, Michael Hector and Jake Cooper, to train and play alongside Paul.”

With the majority of his career spent in the Premier League, Paul has a great pedigree in the game, having initially come through the youth system at Manchester United. He then played in the top flight with West Bromwich Albion before moving on to Sunderland for a fee in the region of £2.5million.
 
In 2008 he began a long and successful spell with Hull, the majority of which was in the Premier League. In 2013 he scored on the final day of the season as the Tigers secured a second promotion.
 
With Orlando Sa and Stephen Quinn having already signed this week, it has been a very positive few days for the club. Paul will now meet up with his new teammates this Sunday as the squad fly out to Thailand for our pre-season tour.

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