Academy graduate loaned to BarnetRoyals winger Jack Stacey has today joined Sky Bet League Two outfit Barnet on a youth loan up to and including 26th December, subject to the usual ratification by footballing authorities.
19-year-old Stacey, who signed a new contract with the Royals last month until the summer of 2019, made his pro debut last season and has made 2(+4) appearances for the first team to date. After being handed a start by Steve Clarke on the final day of the 2015/16 season against Derby, the Academy graduate had to withdraw due to a fractured ankle half an hour into the game.
After working on rehab over the summer, Jack was on the bench for five fixtures at the start of the current season, but had been sidelined again until recent weeks with a further injury. He recently returned to the Under-21 squad, where he helped the Royals to a 2-0 victory against their counterparts from Norwich at Madejski Stadium.
He could potentially make his debut for the Bees tomorrow, as they travel to Meadow Lane to face Notts County in league action.
Reading manager Steve Clarke said: “Jack did very well last season to earn his chances to play first-team football, but was unlucky to pick up an injury which hampered his summer and then again at the start of this season.
“It is a great opportunity for Jack to get competitive minutes under his belt in League Two with Barnet, so we’re grateful that he has this opportunity and we will be monitoring his progress and performances with keen interest.”