Reading Football Club have acted swiftly to secure the services of two of our Academy’s most promising defensive graduates, Tom McIntyre and Gabriel Osho.
In the last six weeks, the Royals have offered long-term contracts to some of its hottest young prospects in Andy Rinomhota, Omar Richards and Josh Barrett and both McIntyre and Osho are regarded as highly talented individuals capable of taking their careers to the next level as Royals.
A Scottish youth international who represented his country in the U17 European Championships in Bulgaria back in 2015, McIntyre has recently returned from lengthy spell on the sidelines to feature in Premier League 2 wins over Middlesbrough and Stoke City.
And in his first start of the season, the 19-year-old helped Scott Marshall’s men earn a Premier League International Cup clean sheet away at Arsenal.
Osho, also 19 years of age, has regularly worn the captain’s armband in making 16 starts for the Under-23s so far this season, having scored twice in 12(+1) appearances for the same age group last season; he notched in wins over Manchester United and Middlesbrough in 2016-17!
Gabriel’s name first caught Reading supporters’ attention when he scored a stoppage time equaliser against Sheffield United at the start of an FA Youth Cup run which took us all the way to a quarter-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two years ago.
And like McIntyre, Osho has also benefitted from football against first team opposition, playing a part in our Checkatrade Trophy clashes against Bristol Rovers, Colchester United, Southend and Gillingham across the last two campaigns.
Congratulations to both Tom and Gabriel, who have both put pen to paper on contracts which keep them within the Royals’ ranks until 2020. We wish them all the success in their future with the football club!