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Trio set to depart Royals ranks

9 May 2016

Hal, Anton and Cox contracts due to expire

As always, a number of players are set to leave the Reading ranks and the club can confirm that first team professionals Simon Cox, Anton Ferdinand and Hal Robson-Kanu are due to depart Madejski Stadium after the expiration of their current contracts.

Academy graduate Cox, now 29, rejoined the Royals back in the summer of 2014 and has made 9(+7) appearances for the club this season, scoring once in the defeat at Middlesbrough in April.

Ferdinand, 31, signed in the same summer two seasons ago and the former West Ham, Sunderland and QPR defender bounced back from injury troubles in his first season at the club to make a total of 23(+1) appearances at the back this season.

Hal Robson-Kanu made his Reading debut back in August 2009 and, during seven seasons as a professional as Madejski Stadium, Hal scored 30 goals in 136(+91) appearances for the club – the most recent of which came in a brace bagged at home to Fulham at the start of March.

The Welsh international will be in France this summer, representing his country in the European Championships – capping what has been quite a journey for the Academy product who, at the age of 27, is now set to take his career away from RG2 for the first time since loan spells at Southend and Swindon Town early in his career.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the six loan players who have been part of our squad this season – upon their return to their parent clubs, we send Michael Hector, Andrew Taylor, Ola John, Lucas Piazon, Alex Fernandez and Matej Vydra our best wishes going forward.

And a number of young professionals will be also leaving the club this summer - Pierce Sweeney, Noor Husin, Hammad Lawal, Nana Owusu, Lewis Collins, Sammi Fridjonsson, Conor Shaughnessy and Bogdan Vastsuk will all now continue their careers elsewhere.
Reading Football Club would like to place on record our sincere gratitude for all the hard work and commitment given by all of the players who are departing, and wish them all the luck in the future.

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