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Aaron Tshibola awarded new Royals contract

9 September 2015

Midfielder pens new deal at Madejski Stadium

Reading Football Club are very pleased to announce that midfielder Aaron Tshibola has signed a new contract, tying him to the Club until the summer of 2019.

The 20-year-old has been involved in all seven of our games so far this season, making three starts and impressing in the centre of midfield. He was also very unfortunate not to be awarded a goal on his first Reading start when his super effort crossed the line at Birmingham but was not given.

He made his Reading debut last season away at Nottingham Forest, and then made a real impression out on loan at Hartlepool, playing 23 games as Ronnie Moore’s side made a miracle escape from relegation.

Tshibola is another product of the Reading Academy, winning the Under-21 Premier League Cup in 2014.

Manager Steve Clarke has shown real faith in the midfielder this season, and with his contract due to expire next summer, he has been rewarded with a new deal.

Clarke commented, “Aaron is another Reading Academy player with a big future ahead of him. When he joined us for pre-season training I could see immediately that last season’s loan spell at Hartlepool United had helped Aaron to advance his game to the next level.

“He will be an integral part of my plans for this season and fully deserves his new contract. However, as with any young player, it is important that he continues to learn and improve his game so that his progress continues.”

Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “Aaron has worked hard to catch the manager’s eye and it was important for the Club to secure his future over the next few years. This contract covers an key period in Aaron’s career, I’d like to congratulate him on the new deal but we also look forward to more progress from a talented young player.

“The board and shareholders place a huge amount of emphasis on producing players from our Academy, and Aaron is another excellent example of that. Steve Clarke has shown throughout his career that he will give opportunities to young players, and Aaron is at a great club to continue his development.”

Director of Football Nick Hammond said, “This new contract is a reward for Aaron’s progress in the last 12 months. We were really impressed when he took the opportunity to go to Hartlepool last season, he took himself out of his comfort zone and did fantastically well for them. They were adrift at the bottom of the table when he went there and he played a big part in their survival, we were in regular contact with Ronnie Moore, who was delighted with him.
“He has continued his progress in pre-season and put himself right in the Manager’s plans. He has stepped up and now we all want him to fulfil his potential. It’s all there in front of him, he’s a great boy from a great family, this contract is just reward for him and now he needs to kick on again.”

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