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Barrett pens pro deal, Tanner tops table

12 October 2015

Young forward signs deal as under-18s continue to shine

17-year-old Josh Barrett has put pen to paper on a first professional contract with the club, keeping him climbing the rungs of the Madejski Stadium ladder until the summer of 2018.

The second year scholar has scored six goals in nine starts so far this season, helping the Royals win six of their opening nine fixtures in the Barclays U18 Premier League (South) so far this season.

A skilful, technically good, attack-minded player, Barrett has the ability to score spectacular goals and he has stepped up to the plate to skipper our Under-18s in 2015-16.

And the captain helped our Under-18s earn a last gasp win over Fulham at the weekend - courtesy of Conor Davis' winner with the last kick of the game!

The visitors took the lead at Hogwood Park on Saturday, capitalising on a missed penalty to break from inside their own half and edge ahead with a flicked header from Stephen Humphrys.

But the Royals were level with 20 minutes of the match remaining, when Gabriel Osho headed home from a free kick to make it 1-1 - and Davis found a way past the Cottagers' keeper in the dying embers to keep up the second-placed Royals' pursuit of table-toppers Chelsea.

Another of our Academy graduates continues to shine during a League Two loan spell with Plymouth Argyle. Forward Craig Tanner scored for the Pilgrims in the Devon derby last week, firing the second in a 2-0 win over Exeter City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Then on Sunday afternoon, he played the first 78 minutes in another Plymouth victory - a second successive 2-0 win this time at Notts County. The win took Tanner's loan side to the top of the League Two table.

Elsewhere centre-back Rob Dickie helped second-placed Cheltenham Town to a 1-1 draw at Gateshead in the Conference this weekend, while young keeper George Legg earned a second consecutive clean sheet to win three more points for Chesham United in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division.

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