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Loader agrees professional terms as a Royal

Another of our Academy stars commits his future to Reading

8 July 2017

Earlier this week, we introduced supporters to the new crop of promising young Academy stars who have signed professional contracts with the club this summer - and Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that England Under-17 international Danny Loader is set to add his name to that list.

The 16-year-old forward scored five goals in 15 appearances for our Under-18s last season but despite his tender age, also represented our Under-23s on ten occasions!

And at the start of the summer, Loader was picked to represent England as part of Steve Cooper's 18-player squad who travelled to Croatia to compete in the UEFA European U17 Championships.

Loader was one of only three players in that squad who represented a club outside the Premier League - the vast majority called up from the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.


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Danny picked up the club's Maurice Edelston Memorial Trophy for Best Academy Schoolboy as a 15-year-old in 2016. And last season he dipped his toes into Under-23 water, playing Premier League 2 football and even earning experience against first team opposition as part of our Category One side's Checkatrade Trophy campaign in 2016-17.

Loader has returned to Hogwood Park to train with Jaap Stam's first team squad this pre-season and he joins a long list of names - Legg, Andresson, Novakovich, Smith, East, Sheppard, Ward, Rinomhota, Frost, Howe, Medford-Smith, Holsgrove, Driscoll, House, Rollinson, Shokunbi, Coleman, Holmes and Sparta - who have committed their future to the club in 2017.

He will sign his first professional contract as a Reading player at the end of August when the England international turns 17 years of age. Congratulations Danny!

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