We are delighted to confirm that Reading midfielder Andy Rinomhota has penned a new contract with the Royals, keeping him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2022.
In his breakthrough season, the midfield dynamo has caught the eye with his energy, athleticism and versatility over his 22 first-team appearances to date, and has been rewarded with a new three-year deal with the Royals.
Manager José Gomes said: “I am very pleased that Andy has extended his contract with us at Reading. He has drive and determination, which are fantastic assets for any footballer, and he has an excellent attitude and maturity for a young man too. He is also a big inspiration for other aspiring players at our club, who can feel that there is a path from our Academy to our first team.”
Rinomhota joined our Academy in 2015, having previously been with AFC Portchester, and went on to play Under-18 and Under-21 football in his first full season as a Royal. Then in the 2016-17 campaign, he came to the fore by playing 39 times for our Under-23 team, which included a run of games against open-age opposition in the Checkatrade Trophy.
His hard work resulted in a call-up to the Royals’ pre-season training camp in the Netherlands during the summer of 2017, and ultimately a place on the bench at Loftus Road in the first game of the 2017-18 season. Rinomhota’s senior-team debut followed just days later, as he played 90 minutes in a Carabao Cup win against Gillingham at Madejski Stadium; along with debuts for Axel Andresson and Sam Smith that night, our number of Academy graduates to make first-team debuts rose to 45.
Andy’s first league appearance for the Royals came in a 3-2 away win at Preston North End at the start of this season – he replaced fellow Academy graduate Liam Kelly in the closing stages of our win at Deepdale in September as we took three important points in the Sky Bet Championship.
Then his first Championship start for the Royals came at home against Bristol City in October – again a 3-2 victory for Reading – and his all-action display on his full league debut earned him the man of the match honour for the first time.
Before long, Andy had staked a regular claim for a starting spot in the heart of midfield, and has become a fixture in the team under José Gomes.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe added: “Securing Andy’s services until 2022 is excellent news for Reading Football Club. He is a bright, intelligent young man who will have a fantastic future ahead of him if he keeps applying himself as he has done throughout his time at Reading. He has risen to every challenge gallantly, and his success so far is another feather in the cap of our youth system which continues to produce top-quality talent for our senior side.”