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Signed! Marc McNulty is a Royal!

Striker makes move to the Madejski and pens four-year deal at Reading

6 July 2018

Reading Football Club are delighted to confirm that 25-year-old striker Marc McNulty has completed a move to Madejski Stadium, putting pen to paper on a four-year deal with the Royals.

The Edinburgh-born forward travelled to RG2 earlier today to complete a medical and the ink dried on the paperwork this evening. McNulty signs for an undisclosed fee from Coventry City and follows Andy Yiadom, David Meyler and John O’Shea through the doors to become our fourth signing of the summer.

Manager Paul Clement said, “I am delighted Marc has joined us from Coventry City where he was instrumental in the club’s successful promotion to League One last May.

“He scored a lot of goals and also provided a good number of assists last season and, having followed his journey as a player - including what he achieved with Coventry last season - I have no doubt he will make the step up and prove a very good acquisition for us.”


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McNulty began his career north of the border, scoring on his professional debut as a 17-year-old substitute in Livingston’s 3-0 win at Montrose in October 2009.

His breakthrough season came in 2011-12, scoring 16 goals across all competitions and in 2014 he was lured south to Sheffield United with a three-year contract at Bramall Lane.

As a Blade, his most notable moment came when he scored the winner in a League Cup quarter-final against Southampton – stabbing past Fraser Forster to send Sheffield United into the last four of the competition for the first time since 2003.

Loan spells at Portsmouth and Bradford City followed before a switch to the Ricoh Arena in May 2017 – and towards the end of a prolific campaign as a Sky Blue his career goal tally reached triple figures.

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McNulty’s last competitive match was at Wembley Stadium. Having bagged in both legs of a Play-Off Semi-Final against Notts County, he went on to win the man of the match accolade in Coventry’s 3-1 Play-Off Final win over Exeter City, earning promotion to League One with the Sky Blues.

However, next season he will be playing Championship football as a Royal!

Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “After a tremendous season with Coventry City last year, Marc is clearly a striker with a natural instinct for scoring goals and he certainly has the drive and the hunger to achieve more success as a Royal. I’m delighted to welcome him to Reading.”

Technical Director Brian Tevreden added, “This club has a history of identifying and unlocking potential in players such as Marc and I am confident he will be a striker that relishes the opportunity to score goals for us at Championship level. He was a player in high demand this summer, so I am excited to have secured his signature.”

McNulty is not expected to be involved in tomorrow’s pre-season fixture at AFC Wimbledon, so is set to meet up with his new teammates for the first time on Monday, joining our preparations ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

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