Academy graduate to spend rest of the season at Portman RoadThe club can confirm that striker Dominic Samuel has this evening completed a deadline day loan move to Ipswich Town, signing paperwork which will see him represent Mick McCarthy’s men until the end of the 2016-17 season.
A product of our esteemed Academy, Samuel impressed for our Under-18s to the extent that he earned his professional debut as a 72nd minute substitute in our Premier League defeat to Sunderland in December 2012…before he had turned 19.
Short loan spells at Colchester and Dagenham & Redbridge followed but he featured for Reading once more when he came off the bench for Steve Clarke’s side at the John Smith’s Stadium at the start of an historic FA Cup run for Reading that began in Huddersfield and ended at Wembley in 2015.
A loan stint at League One Coventry City saw him score six goals in 13 appearances towards the end of that campaign and last season he impressed whilst on loan at Priestfield, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances for Gillingham to help them to a 9th place finish in League One.
Dom has scored twice in 16 appearances under Jaap Stam’s guidance this season, netting in a 3-0 home win over Burton Albion in November and then the opener in a 3-2 away victory at Blackburn in December.
Following today’s loan switch, Samuel now has the opportunity to make a first team impact at Championship level with the Suffolk side – although the terms of his loan mean he won’t be eligible to play against his parent club when we visit Portman Road next weekend.
Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to wish Dominic the very best of luck for the rest of the season.