Reading Football Club can confirm that the contract of striker Yann Kermorgant has been mutually ended in advance of its expiration next summer.
Back in February 2017, the 36-year-old forward had implied he was considering retirement at the end of the 2017-18 season and – despite penning a contract extension which was set to run for one additional year – it has been mutually agreed that the Frenchman can now begin a new chapter in his career.
Yann joined the Royals in January 2016 and, in his first full season as a Reading player, he celebrated his best goalscoring return of his career - recording 19 goals across all competitions, a haul which unforgettably included a Play-Off Semi-Final spot kick that took the Royals to Wembley!
Hip and groin surgery was required after suffering a pre-season injury last summer and his 2017-18 campaign was hindered as a result – the former Leicester City, Charlton Athletic and Bournemouth frontman scored just two goals (albeit vital point-winning headers against Barnsley and Sunderland) in 13(+12) league appearances.
Having taken the club to the brink of promotion and then helping to rescue the Royals from the threat of relegation, it has been agreed that Yann’s rollercoaster career at Reading is to end now as he leaves for pastures new.
“During my time at Reading, I have experienced both the highs and lows of football – the excitement of a third-placed finish and a Play-Off Final at Wembley, then the frustration of injury and the disappointment we all felt as a group last season,” Kermorgant said.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone at the club. And, of course, I would also like to wish the players, all the staff and the fans the very best of luck ahead of the brand new Championship season and for the future.”
Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to sincerely thank Yann for his dedication and commitment to the cause and wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.