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Young prospects sign professional deals

1 July 2015

Collins and Legg put pen to paper

Academy players Lewis Collins and George Legg have signed their first professional contracts with the Club.

Midfielder Collins and goalkeeper Legg have both put pen to paper on 12-month deals, tying them to the Royals until the summer of 2016.

18-year-old Collins, a vocal presence in the engine room, has worn the captain's armband for our under 18s, and possesses a good range of passes as a link player between defence and midfield. He joined us in 2013 after progressing through Grimsby's youth system.

Reading-born Legg, also 18, has gained experience in our Academy for the u21s & u18s, and spent loans gaining valuable playing time at Dunstable, Holyport and Hendon recently.

The club anticipates that these are the first of a number of young players who will put pen to paper in the near future.

Last season was a record-breaking season for our Academy with eleven first team debutants from Eamonn Dolan's youth setup, and manager Steve Clarke spoke at the end of last season about the importance of having successful young players in his squad. 

With Tariqe Fosu having signed a new two-year deal last week, and George & Lewis now signing, we would like to wish all of our young players the best of luck here at Reading.

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