Royals defender Rob Dickie has completed paperwork on a loan move which will see him gain more valuable first team experience with newly-promoted Lincoln City until January 2018.
Dickie, who turned 21 in March, has already totted up more than 50 starts during two separate loan spells at Cheltenham Town in the last two seasons; he won the National League title and automatic promotion to the EFL with the Robins in 2015-16 before helping secure League Two status at Whaddon Road with 23 appearances in the first half of last season.
Dickie – who memorably scored a hat-trick from defence in an FA Trophy win during his first spell at Cheltenham Town - returned to Reading at the end of that initial stint as a Robin to make his Royals first team debut on the final day of the season at Blackburn Rovers.
And last season’s loan stay in Gloucestershire led to a string of impressive displays for our Under-23s in the latter part of last season, captaining our young Royals side to the Premier League Cup Final with a goal against Norwich City in the semi-finals.
The former England Under-18 international could make his Imps bow at a ground familiar to him and his exploits at the heart of our Under-23s side – Lincoln begin life back in the League with an away fixture against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park next weekend.
Meanwhile, young goalkeeper Lewis Ward has also completed loan paperwork away from RG2. The 20-year-old stopper signed a new professional contract at the club earlier this summer, but will embark on a youth loan to Hungerford Town which will run until the end of February 2018.
An Under-21 Premier League Cup winner as a Royal, Ward spent a short time on loan with Icelandic side Fylkir FC last summer before returning to UK shores to represent Margate and then Hungerford Town in the National League South.
He now returns to Bulpit Lane for another campaign between the posts under manager Bobby Wilkinson. We would like to wish both Rob and Lewis the very best of luck during their respective loan spells.