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McShane wins Vice Presidents' Player of the Season gong

8 May 2017

Skipper given accolade after impressive campaign so far!

The travelling masses at the Pirelli Stadium were delighted to welcome back captain Paul McShane who started the game at Burton to come back from a a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

The hugely influential skipper had missed eight games in the season's run-in, last featuring for the Royals at Preston in mid-March - but he returned at Albion to secure our 26th win of the season in a 4-2 triumph at the Pirelli Stadium.

McShane, who kept a first half clean sheet for Stam's side before being replaced at the break by another emerging from the physio's table in Joey van den Berg, was rewarded for his undoubted impact in the back line this season with the Vice Presidents' Player of the Season Award 2016-17 last weekend.

The former Manchester United youngster signed for Reading in the summer of 2015 and at the end of his first season in RG2 he picked up the same award from the Vice Presidents at the end of a season which had seen us struggle to a 17th-placed finish.

This season has been very different and McShane has picked up the accolade for a second successive year. The centre-half has made 30 appearances for the Royals this season, captaining the team through what has been an incredible campaign to date - and it's not over yet!

McShane opened his Royals account last season when he scored in an FA Cup win over his former employers, West Bromwich Albion, but he has added three more to his tally this season with goals against Brighton, Rotherham and Wolves.

But it has been in defence that McShane has become such an important member of the squad - his leadership qualities, his warrior-like defensive displays, the consistency in his commitment to the cause...all make him a worthy winner of this year's Vice Presidents' accolade.

Congratulations Macca! And good to have you back for the business end of the season!

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