Round-up of loan activity for Royals youngstersThere have been a few bits of movement for young Reading players in recent weeks – so we’ve rounded up the latest news for our outbound loanees.
EFL rules altered for the 2016/17, meaning that 28 to 93-day emergency loans are no long an option for clubs – so loans in EFL competition now must run from one transfer window to the next.
And here’s the latest on some of our players…
Winger Tariqe Fosu has agreed a deal with League 2 outfit Colchester United to stay at the Weston Homes Community Stadium for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign.
The 21-year-old has played 16 times so far this season for the U’s since joining the Essex club – and he has chipped in with three goals, including netting within a minute of coming off the bench against Chesterfield and a last-minute goal against Stevenage on New Year’s Eve to seal a 4-2 victory.
The U’s are currently in a rich vein of form – after a defeat to Yeovil in mid-November which had left them just one position above the drop-zone, they have since won six out of the last seven and now sit in sixth position in the table. They visit basement club Newport on Saturday.
Meanwhile, after spending the first half of the campaign with Cambridge, defender Sean Long has linked up with National League outfit Lincoln City, who are the current pace-setters in the division.
As well as leading the way in the league, they are also in fine fettle in cup competition. Long’s debut from the bench helped to seal a remarkable 2-2 draw at Portman Road against Championship outfit Ipswich in the third round of the FA Cup… meaning he could feature in the Sincil Bank replay.
Long could debut in National League action for the Imps this Saturday when they host Dover – their visitors will be aiming to close the gap between the teams to just three points.
Loan spells for Jonathan Bond, Aaron Kuhl, Zak Jules, Rob Dickie and Dominic Hyam at Gillingham, Boreham Wood, Braintree, Cheltenham and Portsmouth respectively all officially came to an end earlier this month, meaning they are back in training at Hogwood.
Devon-based duo Craig Tanner and Jack Stacey are approaching the ends of their current deals in the West Country – the loan spell for Plymouth attacker Tanner is scheduled to end after the second-placed Pilgrims host Stevenage in League 2 this Saturday, while wide-man Stacey has games against Grimsby and Colchester to look forward to before his Exeter loan expires.
There are ongoing loan deals for Axel Andresson and George Legg with National League South sides – they are currently with Bath City and Hungerford Town respectively – while young goalie Joe Tupper is on a youth loan with Carshalton Athletic.