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East and Olise presented with framed debut shirts

Youngsters given souvenir from first senior appearances

23 March 2019

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Our two latest first team debutants, Ryan East and Michael Olise, were both presented with their framed debut shirts at Hogwood this week.

As has been the case for all of our debutants from last season and this term, Chief Executive Nigel Howe and Academy manager Ged Roddy have presented a framed shirt to our Academy graduates as a symbol of their fantastic achievement.

Royals boss José Gomes was in attendance to hand out the souvenir shirts, just a few days after he had given the pair their first involvements at senior level with the Royals.

Both youngsters made their first senior appearances against high-flying Leeds United in mid-March, East started and Olise came off the bench in the second half.

At Stoke City a few days later, 17-year-old Olise was rewarded with his first senior start, playing well in difficult circumstances at the bet365 Stadium last weekend.

Of course, the challenge for both players now is to keep progressing and build up their senior experience, but they have a fantastic achievement under their belts in becoming the 50th and 51st players to graduate from our famed Academy setup.

Howe said: "This group is doing really well, and the age-groups below are doing really well too. That is being recognised by José rewarding their development by including our Academy players in his senior team.

"We want more players to start, so I'm encouraging our young players to keep trying. Their efforts don't go unnoticed."

Roddy added: "Part of the reason that we're able to get debutants from the Academy into the first team is because we have a manager who is invested in our players and willing to take a chance on young players.

"That is part of what this club is all about, and I'm delighted that we can add two more names to our honours board."

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