Reading Football Club can confirm that Academy graduate striker Dominic Samuel has completed a move to League One, joining Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.
A product of our Academy, Samuel earned his professional debut as a 72nd minute substitute in our Premier League defeat to Sunderland back in December 2012…before he had turned 19.
Short loan spells at Colchester United and Dagenham & Redbridge followed before he came off the bench as a Royal once more, two years later, in an FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town.
That 2014-15 season ended on loan with League One Coventry City and the following campaign was spent at Priestfield where he scored seven goals in 25 appearances in the third tier for Gillingham.
Last season, Samuel broke back into the first team to score twice in 16 appearances under Jaap Stam – the second of those goals scored against his new employers, Blackburn Rovers, as the Royals recorded their first ever Ewood Park win just prior to Christmas.
On deadline day in January, the 23-year-old made another loan move to play out the remainder of the season at Ipswich – making 2(+4) appearances at Portman Road.
And now he begins a new chapter in his career as a Rover. Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to wish Dominic the very best of luck at Blackburn and in his future career.