The summer transfer window has slammed shut and a close season of signatures has been brought to an end at Madejski Stadium. But this was a window to remember!
With new shareholders and a new Chief Executive at the helm, the hard work has been tireless in its attempts to bolster and improve a Royals squad that earned a third-place finish last season. And the hard work has paid off; we have seven new arrivals to show for our efforts as well as a cluster of crucial contract renewals to boast about at Madejski Stadium.
Young attacker Pelle Clement became our first signing of the summer back in June, joining the Royals from Dutch giants Ajax on a three-year deal. He joined the squad as they returned to training at the end of June, before taking a full part in pre-season in Holland.
Jón Dadi Bödvarsson
The Iceland international striker signed for the Royals from Championship rivals Wolves in mid-July, linking up with his new teammates in Holland in pre-season and scoring his first Royals goal against Birmingham City at the weekend.
Former Arsenal and Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone signed for the club from the Wearsiders almost a week after Bödvarsson joined, flying straight out to join pre-season preparations in Oosterbeek in July. Sunderland's former Player of the Year joined the club on a three-year contract, becoming our very first Italian player in the process!
Forward Modou Barrow joined the Royals from Premier League side Swansea City for an undisclosed fee. Barrow will be seeing his former teammates in the coming weeks, though, with the Swans set to visit Madejski Stadium in the next round of the Carabao Cup. Barrow has already scored his first goal as a Royal, netting against Aston Villa a few weeks ago.
Versatile midfielder Leandro Bacuna became our fifth summer arrival in August, joining from Aston Villa in time to make the squad to face his former team just 48 hours later! The Curacao international has also already notched his first Royals goal, a 25-yard screamer against Millwall in the Carabao Cup!
Wales international midfielder Edwards is another Wolves player to have joined the Royals. He is currently away on international duty along with Chris Gunter, and could be in line to make his debut at Madejski Stadium against Bristol City next weekend. He joined on a two-year deal from Molineux.
Our final arrival was the marquee signing of Fulham's Sone Aluko on a four-year deal. The former England youth player and Nigeria international, 28, brings with him a host of Premier League and Championship experience, as well as two previous promotions from the Championship under his belt!
Jaap Stam, Andries Ulderink, Said Bakkati
The summer started with some of the biggest renewals we could have hoped for, with Jaap, Andries and Said all signing new two-year deals to stay with the club! Having led the Royals to the brink of Premier League football last term, our coaching team committed to the Royals for the next two seasons.
Wales international full-back Chris Gunter decided to extend his five-year stay with the Royals by signing a new three-year contract in July. With more than 200 appearances in the blue and white hoops under his belt, 28-year-old Gunter signed paperwork on a deal keeping him at the Madejski until 2020.
Following a whirlwind first season as a senior Royal, Liam Kelly was rewarded with a brand new contract over the summer (his thirs within little more than a year) to extend the Academy graduate's stay with the Club for a further three years, having joined the club as a youngster.
The Carabao cans were out in force as the Royals were boosted by midfielder John Swift putting pen to paper on a bumper five-year contract at Madejski Stadium. Swift made an immediate impact in the blue and white after signing from Chelsea last summer.
The Royals will be seeing #FourMooreYears of Liam as the popular centre-half signed a new contract until 2021. Having signed from Leicester City last summer, Moore was a near ever-present in a Reading shirt last term, and put pen to paper on a new deal in August.
The Royals' longest-serving player has also decided to extend his stay even further, signing a brand new three-year deal until 2020. Having joined the club as an eight-year-old and making his debut at just 16, Obita has now played more than 150 times for the first team, still aged just 23.
Last, but certainly not least, Royals skipper Paul McShane signed a one-year contract extension to take his stint as a Royal until 2019. Having signed from Hull in 2015, the Republic of Ireland international is hoping to go one step further and earn promotion with the Royals.