Aiming to invest in future stars of Reading Football ClubLast week, promising young right-back Tennai Watson put pen to paper on a new deal with Reading, committing his future to the Royals until the summer of 2018.
And Reading Football Club can confirm that a number of other young professionals have been offered new deals with the Royals this summer.
Defenders Rob Dickie and Dominic Hyam have spent much of this season out on loan, gaining valuable experience with Cheltenham Town and Dagenham & Redbridge respectively – and both have been offered new deals at Madejski Stadium.
20-year-old Hyam only made his professional debut in February but now has 16 starts under his belt – keeping a clean sheet for Dagenham in their final home game of the season against Crawley last month.
Dickie, meanwhile, has played an integral part in helping the Robins regain Football League status, making 26(+1) appearances for the National League title-winners and scoring three goals in the process, as well as bagging a hat-trick in an FA Trophy win over Chelmsford earlier this year! He was also part of Brian McDermott’s first team squad that travelled to Ewood Park last weekend, coming on at half-time to make his Royals first team debut.
Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationals Shane Griffin and Sean Long have each been offered new contracts – the duo made 29 starts between them for our Under-21s this season, with Long also enjoying short loan spells at both Luton and Braintree in 2015-16.
20-year-old midfielder Aaron Kuhl spent some time on loan north of the border this season, playing in the Scottish Premier League for Dundee United before returning to Reading at the end of the year – he has also been offered a new deal at Madejski Stadium.
Liam Kelly has found the net on a number of occasions during a loan spell with Bath City and the creative midfielder has been offered a contract, while goalkeeper Lewis Ward accepted a new deal at the club last week before heading out to Iceland to begin a loan spell at Hermann Hreidarsson’s Fylkir FC in the Icelandic top flight.
Under-21 players Zak Jules goalkeeper George Legg have also been offered new deals, while a clause in the contract of Andrija Novakovich was taken up earlier this season, ensuring the Wisconsin-born striker will be at Reading next season.
And a number of our Under-18s have also been offered professional deals at the club; defender Omar Richards, midfielders Harrison Bennett and Ryan East, top scorer Sam Smith and keeper Luke Southwood all featured in an FA Youth Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge this season and, alongside fellow second year scholars Billy Collings and Joe Tupper, have been offered new contracts at Reading.