Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that two more of our promising young Academy talents have put pen to paper on new contracts which keep them at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2020.
Both goalkeeper Liam Driscoll and forward Ben House initially signed professional contracts at the club last summer before moving into the Under-23s set-up this season following successful spells at Under-18 level. And we are delighted that the ink has dried on new deals at Reading Football Club.
Towering Australian stopper Driscoll, 18, travelled with the first team squad to join the pre-season group in Holland last summer and he also trained with Jaap Stam’s senior squad during a mid-season training camp spent in Spain last month.
Liam spent nearly four months on loan with local non-league side Staines Town, helping them push for promotion during the first half of their season before returning to Reading at the start of 2018 to step up and represent Scott Marshall’s Under-23s for the remainder of the campaign.
He has performed well above his age group to act as the last line of defence in our last five Premier League 2 fixtures, recently keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Adams Park.
House, meanwhile, joined the Royals’ Category One Academy in the second year of a scholarship at the club and has scored four times for our Under-23s this season; notching against Aston Villa, Southampton and twice in a win over Middlesbrough, despite reaching only 18 years of age himself.
The Scotland Under-19 international has recently represented his country alongside Academy teammate Jordan Holsgrove and the promising forward has now committed the next two years of his career to Reading.
This week has seen Royals manager Jaap Stam name four Academy graduates in his first team squad for high profile Championship fixtures against Leeds United and league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers – while Tom Holmes recently became the sixth Academy player to make his first team debut in 2017-18, starting in defence in a home draw against Bolton Wanderers earlier this month.
Ensuring the best young players remain at Reading and make strides into first team football here at Madejski Stadium remains a priority for our club and we are delighted that both Liam and Ben have agreed to strive for more career success here in RG2.
Meanwhile, the Royals have signed 18-year-old Moroyin Omolabi who, having come through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur, has now signed as a second year scholar with a view to completing paperwork on a one-year professional contract at Reading in June 2018.