Striker awarded new Royals contractReading Football Club can announce with great pleasure that forward Dominic Samuel has signed a new contract with the club, which will keep him at Madejski Stadium until 2018.
The 21-year-old striker was involved in the pre-season preparations ahead of the current campaign, and claimed an assist against the Thai All Stars in Bangkok before finding the net away at Bristol Rovers. Samuel made substitute appearances in each of the first two competitive fixtures of the campaign, although he has been unavailable while recovering from a knee injury in recent weeks.
After brief loans stints with Colchester and Dagenham in previous seasons, it was during last year’s three-month loan spell at Coventry that Dominic made a big impression. He led the line in a Sky Blues side that bravely staved off the threat of relegation, and he helped the Midlands club achieve that by scoring 6 goals in 12(+1) appearances.
Samuel is another homegrown player, and is one of six ex-Academy representatives to have played competitive first-team football for us this season already. His former Academy colleague Aaron Tshibola also recently penned a new deal at Madejski Stadium after firmly establishing himself in manager Steve Clarke’s plans.
Clarke commented: “Dominic thoroughly deserves his new contract and we are delighted that he will continue to develop his career here at Reading FC. He is another young player who has benefited from our use of the loan system after a very successful spell at Coventry City last season.
“Unfortunately he suffered a bad injury there but has worked diligently over the summer and enjoyed a good pre-season with my first team group where he has shown that with normal improvement he can have a very good career in the game.
“Dominic has an eye for a goal which, as everyone knows, is a priceless commodity in the game. Although he has had another medium term injury set back there will be more than enough time for Dominic to continue his good progress in the coming months.”
Director of Football Nick Hammond said: “I am very pleased for Dominic to have signed a new contract; it is important for him and important for the club as well. He had a great spell out on loan with Coventry in League 1 last year, where his goal-record was one-in-two – which is the benchmark for top strikers these days.
“It is disappointing that he picked up an injury early in this season against Colchester, when he would have hoped to be pushing for a place in the team, but those are the sorts of challenges which you have to overcome in football. Hopefully he will be through that soon and he’ll have the opportunity to kick on again and put pressure on the other strikers for a place in the team.”