Our Under-23s will be warming up for their new Premier League 2 campaign – as well as a plethora of cup competitions once again in 2017-18 – with a series of pre-season friendlies in the next few weeks.
Three will take place behind closed doors at the Royals’ Hogwood Park training ground and will not be open to the public.
However, three others will be open to supporters, should our fans want to follow the fortunes of the next crop of young players hoping to break into the first team fold.
Kingstonian (h) | Tuesday 11th July, kick-off 6.30pm, Hogwood Park (behind closed doors)
Hungerford Town (h) | Saturday 15th July, kick-off 1pm, Hogwood Park (behind closed doors)
Bath City (a) | Tuesday 18th July, kick-off 7.30pm, Twerton Park
Wealdstone FC (a) | Saturday 22nd July, kick-off 3pm, Grosvenor Vale
Braintree Town (a) | Saturday 29th July, kick-off 3pm, IronmongeryDirect Stadium
AFC Bournemouth U23s (h) | Saturday 5th August, kick-off 12noon, Hogwood Park (behind closed doors)
In the last couple of seasons, the Royals have allowed young players such as Liam Kelly and Axel Andresson to join Bath City in loan stints at Twerton Park and the Romans will be our Under-23s’ hosts in a couple of weeks’ time.
Former Sunderland, Bristol City and Notts County midfielder Gary Owers is the manager of the National League South side, who finished in 9th place in 2016-17.
Four days later, the Royals will travel to a team who finished last season just one place above Bath in the same division; Wealdstone will be our opponents on Saturday 22nd July.
Nicknamed the Stones, but also the Royals, the Ruislip-based side are led by Gordon Bartlett as Grosvenor Vale.
Then on the following Saturday, Reading’s youngsters will be in action once more, taking on recently relegated Braintree Town who will be looking to bounce straight back from the National League South after their 22nd placed finish in the National League in 2016-17.