Reading Football Club is thrilled to announce that 24-year-old defender Liam Moore has signed a new four-year deal at Madejski Stadium.
The former Leicester City centre-back joined the Royals last August and proved a sensational signing, making 47 starts under Jaap Stam to help his new club to a third-place finish in the 2016-17 Championship season. And we are delighted Liam has agreed to remain a Royal until 2021.
Manager Jaap Stam said, “Liam has been very important for us since joining the club from Leicester at the start of last season. He has already made a lot of progress in his time at the club and anyone who saw him play last season would have seen how much of a driving force he was in our team.
“A defender with real quality and talent, Liam is a player who can be very important in the club’s future. As a club, we want to make progress and you need to keep players like Liam within your squad and build your team around those players. So I’m delighted he’s signed a new deal.”
The 6’1” centre half arrived two weeks into last season and swiftly formed a formidable partnership with captain Paul McShane, keeping 16 clean sheets across the campaign – and he made more blocks than any other player in the division!
He scored only the second goal of his career in helping the Royals achieve their first ever victory at Ewood Park towards the end of 2016. And supporters took the dynamic centre-back to their hearts - at the end of his first campaign at Reading, he finished as a runner-up in the fans’ Player of the Season vote.
Moore becomes the fourth key first team star to sign a new long-term contract at the club this summer, following in the footsteps of Chris Gunter, Liam Kelly and John Swift – a quartet responsible for 175 appearances in blue and white hoops last season! And of course Jaap Stam, Andries Ulderink and Said Bakkati also all promised their future to the club last month.
"A defender with real quality and talent, Liam is a player who can be very important in the club’s future."
Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “It has been our clear objective as a club to prioritise securing the long-term services of some of our key first team players and Liam is certainly an important cog at the heart of our defence. I’m sure he will play an integral part in what we are aiming to achieve at Reading.”
Director of Football Brian Tevreden added, “Liam was one of a number of outstanding performers at the club in his first season as a Royal and, with the commitment he showed in every minute he played and the ability he demonstrated throughout the campaign, he fully deserves this new contract. Liam is a perfect example of the new standard of player we are aiming to attract and keep at our club and I am delighted that he has committed the next four years of his future to Reading.”