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Zat Knight signs for the Royals

12 March 2015

Experienced defender arrives at Hogwood Park

Reading Football Club have signed experienced defender Zat Knight until the end of the season.

The central defender, 34, has made more than 430 career appearances, with in excess of 350 in the Premier League.
He is also a two-time England international and will supplement Manager Steve Clarke’s defensive options between now and the end of the campaign.

Welcoming Zat to the club, Clarke said, "With the team currently in the middle of a really hectic schedule I felt it was prudent to bring another experienced defender to help share the load. When I heard that Zat was back in the UK and looking for a club I felt he would be a perfect fit. He brings a wealth of experience, good attributes as a defender and good references from previous clubs. It's a sensible deal for both club and player and we look forward to Zat playing his part in helping the team to finish the season on a high note"

Zat began his football career in London with Fulham, playing more than 150 times for the Cottagers. He then moved to Aston Villa for £3.5million, spending two years in his native Midlands before a £4million move to Bolton. He spent five successful years in the North West before a move to the MLS with Colorado Rapids.

We await international clearance from the football authorities but are hopeful this will come through soon – and we would like to wish Zat the best of luck here at Madejski Stadium.

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