21-year-old goalkeeper Lewis Ward has agreed a new contract with Reading Football Club, meaning he will remain a Royal until the summer of 2020.
The stopper, a local Reading lad who came through the ranks to turn pro after many years developing in our Academy at Hogwood, spent a bulk of last season out on loan with Aldershot. Ward’s performances between the sticks for the Shots were a key factor in earning them a place in the National League play-offs at the season’s end.
As well as progressing his career at the Recreation Ground last season, the goalkeeper also put the finishing touches on his BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree at the University of Staffordshire – demonstrating that there are many strings to his bow!
In previous seasons he has also enjoyed fruitful loan stints with Sutton, Whitehawk, Margate, Hungerford and Icelandic top-tier side Fylkir – getting plenty of experience of the rough-and-tumble that comes along with first-team football.
Ward has also earned silverware as a Royal; he was part of the Reading squad which became the first ever winners of the Premier League Cup with a two-legged win over Manchester City in 2014.
Lewis’s new contract will come into effect on 1st July, running for two seasons.