No less than four products of our Academy at Hogwood could be involved when the Sky Bet League 2 play-off final takes place on Bank Holiday Monday!
Jake Taylor and Pierce Sweeney have helped Exeter City to Wembley, while Dom Hyam and Josh Barrett have played their part in getting Coventry City to the final.
The Grecians duo have certainly played their part in front of goal this season… Sweeney, in his second season at St James Park since making the move from Reading in 2016, has notched a remarkable nine goals this campaign from full-back – in part helped by being on spot-kick duty!
Former Royals forward Taylor too has chipped in with the goals, registering eight over the course of a mammoth 53-game season to date – he too is in his second permanent campaign with Exeter, the club where he had a loan spell previously in 2011/12.
Both were involved in the semi-final win against Lincoln City – an Imps side which included another Royals product in Sean Long!
Meanwhile, Scottish centre-half Dom Hyam joined the Sky Blues last summer as they dropped down to the fourth tier for the first time in almost 60 years… and, if they win at Wembley, it’ll be their first promotion since 1967! He has featured 21 times this year, helping the Midlands outfit to seven clean sheets.
19-year-old attacker Barrett has also featured for the Sky Blues this season after making a loan move to the Ricoh Arena in January, and has featured eight times. Again, their passage to the final was at the expense of another of our Academy graduates; Noor Husin's Notts County were defeated over two legs.
Coventry have even commissioned a one-off kit for their Wembley appearance – a striped version of their sky blue, which is synonymous with their FA Cup final win in 1987!
All at Reading wish the very best of luck to Jake, Pierce, Dom and Josh at Wembley next week!