Liam Moore’s new contract with Reading will keep him at the club until 2021… and the defender paid tribute to manager Jaap Stam for his role in committing his future to the club.
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And Moore also credited Sporting Director Brian Tevreden and our new Chief Executive Ron Gourlay for arranging a new deal to keep him at Madejski Stadium for the next four seasons.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” Moore said shortly after inscribing his signature on his latest contract. “It’s something that has been going on for a little while, and I’m very thankful to the gaffer – he pushed it through and said that he wanted me at the club for a long time.
“Brian Tevreden too – there has been a lot of work behind the scenes and a change of ownership and a new CEO has come in. Ron [Gourlay] jumped straight on it as well and got involved. All together we’ve pushed forward and we’ve managed to sort a deal out that will keep me here for a long time, so I’m very happy.
“I’m very thankful to the gaffer and Brian for bringing me here in the first place. Since I’ve been here I have had a fantastic time, I’ve enjoyed my football more than ever, and it was a massive boost to me to have the feeling that the club wanted to keep me here for a long time.
“The gaffer signing his new contract and staying around as well has made my decision so much easier. It’s a perfect place for me to continue my football.”
Another of last summer’s new recruits John Swift also penned a new deal earlier this week – and Moore reiterated his belief that this is a good place for any talented and hungry players to continue developing and targeting success.
“I think a lot of people see Reading as a good place – seeing what the club has done, and what it is doing as well,” he continued. “There’s a young core with some good experience around us.
“It speaks volumes that the likes of Swifty, Tyler and Tiago have come to Reading and kicked on as well as they have done. It speaks volumes of the structure of the club, the management, and the way we’re trying to do things.
“The club has a lot of ambition and it was an easy decision for me to sign – and it was an easy decision to sign again for a lot longer.
“I’ve always been straight about my desire to play in the Premier League. I hope that this contract shows that it isn’t a distant thing or that I’m thinking about moving elsewhere – I want to play in the Premier League, but I want to do that with Reading.
“We’re trying to build something and we’re trying to get there as soon as possible. That’s my number one aim – to help Reading get to the Premier League.”