So David Meyler has become Paul Clement’s and Reading’s second signing of the transfer window!
But, who is Meyler? Find out all that you need to know about the Republic of Ireland International’s footballing journey.
From beginning in the academy at Cork City, to progressing through the ranks at Sunderland – it’s all in this extensive fact file.
Name: David Meyler
Position: Centre Midfielder
Former Clubs: Cork City, Sunderland, Hull City
Honours: Championship Promotion x2, FA Cup Runner-Up
Beginning The Journey
Born in Cork, Ireland – Meyler began his footballing career at his home-town club, Cork City within their Academy.
Progressing quickly through the system, the hard-working midfielder signed professional terms at the age of 18 and made 10 appearances before his 19th birthday.
Impressing early on, it wasn’t long before an opportunity for Meyler in England came calling and, in the summer of 2008 – the holding midfielder signed for Premier League side, Sunderland.
The Top-Flight Switch
Becoming Roy Keane’s third signing of the summer, after Teemo Tainio and Nick Colgan and ahead of Pascal Chimbonda, El-Hadji Diouf and Steed Malbranque that summer, Meyler swapped Cork for the Stadium of Light alongside teammate Roy O’Donovan.
However, changes in management delayed Meyler’s opportunity in the first team for over a year.
On 28th December 2009, though, the Irish midfielder’s chance in the top flight came and Meyler featured for the entirety of a 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers – starting alongside Jordan Henderson and Darren Bent as a Black Cat.
After that, Meyler continued to stake his claim for a place in the first team – however, his progress hit a wall when he suffered cruciate ligament damage against Manchester United on 2nd May 2010.
Recovering quicker than expected, Meyler returned to the first team on 11th December that same year in a match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
And the midfielder went onto feature a further four times that season before suffering another injury blow against Aston Villa – ruling him out for the remainder of the campaign.
A Reunion With Steve Bruce
Having fought back from injury, Meyler made a number of first team appearances from the bench before opting to reunite with former boss, Steve Bruce, at Hull City on an emergency loan until 1st January 2013.
Meyler’s impact at Hull was instant and the midfielder’s move was made permanent on the 8th January 2013.
In total during the 2012-13 season, Meyler made a total of 29 appearances for the Tigers, scoring five goals and ultimately helping them obtain automatic promotion back to the Premier League.
Meyler spent a further two seasons with Hull in English football’s top flight and despite suffering relegation in 2014-15 – he remained at the KCOM Stadium to help Hull achieve promotion, once again, at the first time of asking…this time through the play-offs.
In total, Meyler made a total of 191 appearances at Hull and found the back of the net 16 times.
Alongside his two promotions with the Tigers, Meyler was also a runner-up in the 2013-14 FA Cup Final against Arsenal.
On 5th June, it was announced that Meyler will join Reading FC.
The midfielder will complete his switch from the KCOM Stadium to Madejski Stadium on July 1st upon the expiry of his current contract at Hull City.
On an International stage, Meyler has feature for his country at U19, U21 and first team level.
The midfielder made his senior debut in a 4-1 win over Oman at Craven Cottage on 11th September 2012.
In total, Meyler has made 21 senior appearances for the Republic of Ireland.