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Lewis on loan in Iceland

5 May 2016

Academy goalkeeper set for stint under Hreidarsson’s guidance

Reading Football Club can now confirm that 19-year-old goalkeeper Lewis Ward has accepted a new deal at Reading and, having agreed to the terms of his new Royals contract, he now flies out to immediately begin a loan spell in Iceland.

Ward’s manager during his loan stint will be former Ipswich, Charlton and Portsmouth defender Hermann Hreidarsson and, as another in a long line of promising goalkeepers to have emerged from our Academy ranks, Lewis will aim to get first team experience with Fylkir FC – a Reykjavík-based side who finished in eighth place in the top tier last season.

Despite only turning 19 in March, Ward featured a number of times for our Under-21s this season and – a Barclays Under-21 Premier League Cup winner with Reading two years ago – Lewis will now be on the books with the Urvalsdeild outfit until Sunday 26th June, representing his loan club during the first part of a league season which runs throughout the summer months.

Fylkir FC boast former Leicester City, Burnley and Huddersfield midfielder Joey Gudjonsson amongst their ranks, but Ward’s loan time in Iceland won’t see him take on Brynjar Gunnarsson’s Stjarnan side as they lost away to them on the opening day of the 2016 season on Monday and the teams aren’t scheduled to meet again until July.

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