Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that four of our promising young Academy players have put pen to paper on new deals to commit their future to the Royals.
Defenders Tom McIntyre and Teddy Howe have joined midfielder Jordan Holsgrove in finalising paperwork on deals which keep them in RG2 until 2021, while the ink has also dried on centre-half Tom Holmes’ new deal which ties him to Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2022.
McIntyre epitomises the success of our Category One Academy. Having joined the club at the age of six, the lifelong Royals fan came through every age group of our youth set-up to become the 48th Academy player to break into the first team at Reading.
Handed his debut on a wet and windy December day in Rotherham, McIntyre took an early blow to the head – which has since required surgery – but battled on bravely to defend the Royals’ goal for the full 90 minutes.
From Earley, McIntyre is truly ‘one of our own’ and this new contract demonstrates that the club believes he has a bright future in blue and white hoops.
Howe is an athletic, technically gifted full-back who put pen to paper on his first professional contract at Reading when still only 18 years of age in February 2017.
The pacy right-back made 22 starts in his final year with the Under-18s that season, scoring twice (against Fulham and Swansea City) and he also earned early experience of competitive senior team football by representing the Royals in the Checkatrade Trophy against Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth and Yeovil Town.
Teddy stepped up to the Under-23 stage in the same year and, after completing the second year of his scholarship, he made 14 appearances for the Under-23s in his first full season at that level in 2017-18. This year he has been a regular under Scott Marshall.
Jordan Holsgrove is the son of former Royals midfielder Paul Holsgrove, following in his father’s footsteps more than 20 years after his dad’s mid-nineties spell at Elm Park.
A Scotland youth international, Holsgrove combined the end of his scholarship with 20 appearances for our Under-23s last season, scoring against Brighton and West Brom under the guidance of Marshall. He has recently returned from injury to impress for our Under-23s again this season, despite still only being 19 years of age.
Tom Holmes made his first-team debut aged just 17. Six days before his 18th birthday, the defender was thrust into a starting role alongside Liam Moore against Bolton Wanderers at Madejski Stadium in March 2018 - and put in a fine performance to help Reading to grind out an important 1-1 draw.
Holmes worked his way up through the age groups at Hogwood having initially joined the club in 2008 as an Under-9. Now the towering defender has committed his future to the club he has spent nearly a decade representing.
Added to yesterday’s announcement of a new long-term deal for Academy graduate Andy Rinomhota, news of these new deals demonstrates the club’s continued trust and total faith in the success of its Academy system.
Both Holmes and McIntyre have made the step up to the first team in the last year to help take the total of Academy graduates to 49 to date - so the pathway is there for all our young players to aspire to.
Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to congratulate Tom, Teddy, Tom and Jordan on earning new contracts with the club. We look forward to following their progress in the years that lie ahead.