Midfielder heading to St James ParkRoyals midfielder Jack Stacey has today joined Exeter City on a loan spell which will run until 23rd January 2017.
The 20-year-old could make his debut for the Grecians as early as this Saturday, when the Devon club head to Colchester in their League 2 meeting.
Stacey claimed a well-worked opening goal in yesterday’s 3-2 win at Bristol Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy, as a young Reading squad overcame the League 1 outfit at the Memorial Stadium. He also grabbed a goal and an assist during our pre-season win at Swindon Town last month.
The Ascot-born midfielder has been a regular in our Under-23 squad so far this season, where he has been deployed in a range of positions – he was at right-back for our 2-0 win over Arsenal, in the front-three for our 3-2 win against Man City, and in the heart of the midfield for our win against the Gas last night.
He has a total of 2(+4) appearances for our first team, all of which came during the 2014/15 campaign. Last season, he played twice for Barnet during a short-term loan spell before making 7(+2) appearances for Carlisle United, where he netted twice for the Cumbrians.
And now he joins up with Paul Tisdale’s squad at St James Park, where he’ll link up with former Royals Pierce Sweeney and Jake Taylor in the red and white stripes of the Devon club.
The midfielder could line up on the other side of the teamsheet to a number of fellow current Reading players during his loan spell in League 2. The Grecians host Sean Long’s Cambridge in October before visiting Rob Dickie’s Cheltenham in December – but first comes the hotly-contested Devon Derby with Plymouth Argyle in September, when he could face Craig Tanner at St James Park.
Exeter’s league programme could allow Stacey to feature in as many as 22 league fixtures for the Grecians before his loan is scheduled to expire after a home meeting with Colchester United in January.
Our very best wishes go to Jack and Exeter for a successful loan spell in Devon.