Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that young midfielder Andy Rinomhota has signed a new contract, keeping him in RG2 until the summer of 2021!
The 20-year-old Academy graduate follows in the footsteps of Omar Richards – who signed a new long-term deal at the club last week – to commit his future to the Royals for the next three and a half years.
Manager Jaap Stam said, “From the start of the season when he joined us in Holland for pre-season and became part of the first team squad, Andy has made a very good impression. He’s a box to box midfield player with a lot of quality and ability as an individual, but he also brings a lot of energy to the team and any game he plays in, so I’m delighted we have been able to offer another one of our promising Academy graduates a long-term deal at the club.”
A talented and energetic midfielder, Rinomhota joined our Academy ranks from AFC Portchester as an 18-year-old in 2015, signing an initial two-year deal at Madejski Stadium.
He went on to impress in both our Under-18s and Under-21s sides in his first campaign at the club and subsequently made his mark within the Under-23s ranks last season; Rinomhota missed just a single fixture in 2016-17, a season which saw him compete against first team opposition in the Checkatrade Trophy and score three times - against Birmingham City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hostpur – whilst amassing a total of 39 appearances across all competitions!
That form resulted in a call-up to the pre-season camp in the Netherlands and a place in the first team squad on the opening day of the 2017-18 season at Loftus Road.
And his professional debut followed just days later when he played the full ninety minutes in a Carabao Cup win over Gillingham at Madejski Stadium. That was followed by another start against Millwall in the next round and he is soon expected to return from a hamstring injury to continue his progress at the club.
Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “Andy is another promising young player we believe in. In the glimpses our supporters have had of him in first team action this season, he has certainly impressed and warranted his inclusion on the manager’s teamsheet. But most importantly he is hungry to improve, achieve and succeed as a Reading Football Club player.”
“From the start of the season when he joined us in Holland for pre-season and became part of the first team squad, Andy has made a very good impression."
Technical Director Brian Tevreden added, “In his performances for the Under-23s throughout last season, Andy consistently demonstrated how capable he was of potentially making an impact at first team level. And, making that step up in the two cup ties he has played in this season, he has begun to prove himself as a professional. Now, after recovering from injury, it is down to him to continue to strive for improvement and press for more first team minutes when the opportunity presents itself.”