Academy product commits future to ReadingReading Football Club are delighted to announce that 19-year-old midfielder Jack Stacey has this morning put pen to paper on a new contract with the club, keeping him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2019.
"I’m very pleased that Jack Stacey has signed a new deal here at Reading FC," said manager Steve Clarke. "He deservedly played his way into my thoughts last season and was rewarded with his first senior starts at Watford and then Derby on the final day of the season.
"Unfortunately a serious injury ended his very impressive performance at Derby prematurely but I had already seen enough in my time at the club to know that Jack, if he continues working hard to improve his game, will be another Academy graduate that we can rely on in the future."
A technically gifted Academy product, Jack first joined the club back in 2004 and he rose through the ranks to impress for our under-18 and under-21 sides before signing his first professional contract in December 2013.
Stacey played a starring role in helping the club reach an FA Youth Cup semi-final and then win the inaugural U21 Premier League Cup in the same season – scoring the winner in the second leg against Manchester City at Madejski Stadium in April 2014.
Last season, Stacey again played a pivotal role as our Under-21s secured promotion to the Premier League’s top tier and he also made his first team breakthrough, debuting as a late substitute in a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town on the opening day of the campaign.
He went on to make five more appearances for the Royals in 2014-15, starting for the first time when manager Steve Clarke named him in his eleven away at Watford – and he was putting in an excellent performance at promotion-chasing Derby on the final day before fracturing his ankle to end his season an hour early.
Jack recovered from injury over the summer to play twice for Martin Kuhl’s Under-21s side this season – and the young winger has been part of the first team squad on five occasions so far in 2015-16.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “Jack is an excellent prospect for the future and an example of another success story stemming from our Category One Academy set-up. Jack has been at this club for more than a decade already and I am confident he has a very good career ahead of him.”