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Hurtado renews loan spell at Vitoria

3 August 2016

Winger seals season-long stay in Portugal

Peruvian midfielder Paolo Hurtado last night completed the paperwork on a season-long loan switch to Portuguese side Vitória de Guimarães.

Hurtado joined the Royals from Paços de Ferreira last summer but made just five substitute appearances for Reading in the Sky Bet Championship before sealing a loan move to the Primeira Liga in January.

The 26-year-old started just once for the Royals last season, featuring in our League Cup defeat to Everton at Madejski Stadium.

Paolo was given permission to play a part in a pre-season friendly against Porto at the weekend and he will now begin the Primeira Liga season with Vitória who, after a mid-table finish in the Portuguese top tier last season, will kick off their 2016-17 campaign against Braga on Sunday 14th August.

We would like to wish Paolo our very best wishes during his loan spell with Vitória.

Meanwhile, two of our promising young goalkeepers who have come through our Academy ranks are set to start loan stints with non-league sides this month.

Lewis Ward is about to begin a loan spell at Margate, a move that will see him compete in the National League South until 3rd January 2017. The Kent-based side begin their season, under the managerial guidance of former Aldershot and Wycombe stopper Nikki Bull, at home to Bath City this Saturday.

And George Legg will spend this season on loan with Hungerford Town, putting pen to paper on a loan switch that keeps him at Bullpit Lane until 29th April 2017. Legg and his new teammates will begin their Evo-Stik League Southern campaign at East Thurrock United on Saturday.

Both Ward and Legg spent time out on loan last season, Ward with eventual champions Sutton United and then Icelandic side Fylkir FC earlier this summer, and Legg at both Chesham and then Gosport Borough. And the duo both signed extensions to their existing pro deals with the Royals this summer.

We'd like to wish both players the best of luck during their loan spells away from the club.

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