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Done deal: Goalkeeper Bond signs for Royals

4 July 2015

England u21 international signs three-year deal

The Royals are delighted to have signed England under 21 international goalkeeper Jonathan Bond from newly-promoted Watford.

Bond is a very highly-rated young prospect who has five England Under 21 caps. At 6'4" he cuts an imposing presence with great attributes, and has even more room to grow and develop his natural ability.

The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract, and we have paid an undisclosed fee for his services.

With the arrivals of Orlando Sa, Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane and now Jonathan, four players have been adeed to Steve Clarke's squad in the space of just six days as we look to the new Sky Bet Championship season.

Jonathan has played almost 50 games in his career so far, and was a very able deputy to Brazilian international Heurelho Gomes as Watford surged to promotion last season. On his second Championship appearance of the season against Derby he was named man of the match following a series of stunning stops. And in the past he has also learned from backing up Manuel Almunia in the Hornets' goalkeeping ranks.

Jonathan has just returned from this summer's UEFA U21 European Championships, where he was part of Gareth Southgate's squad, and he will travel to Thailand with our first team squad this Sunday.

He also spent time in Wales' youth setup from U17s to u21s, and also trained with their full national team alongside Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu.

We would like to wish Jonathan the very best of luck here at Madejski Stadium.

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