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Tom & Tom on new Royals deals

Holmes and McIntyre discuss extending their stay at the club

4 March 2019

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Both are centre-backs, both grew up supporting the club and both have made their first team debut in the last year.

Now, both Tom Holmes and Tom McIntyre have signed new contracts with the club for whom they dreamed of playing from a young age - with both players joining the club right at the very beginning of their Academy journey.

McIntyre signed terms until 2021, with Holmes extending his stay as a Royal until 2022. And as graduates of our Academy, they can each be described as 'one of our own' in their own right.

Both youngsters recently penned new deals with the club alongside full-back, Teddy Howe and midfielder, Jordan Holsgrove. 

After extending their contracts with the Royals, we sat down with both Toms and discussed their hopes for the future.

On his new deal, McIntyre said: "I'm over the moon, here is where I want to play and I'm chuffed to bits.

"The club have shown a lot of faith in me by rewarding me with this, I'm over the moon to have got it done. It's been a few weeks of coming together, but I'm really pleased.

"I was really pleased with how I played on my debut, everyone I spoke to was full of praise for me and that meant a lot.

"There are ups and downs, and hopefully when I'm back fit I can try and force my way in again.

"The manager has been great with the boys, it looks like he's good with young players too, so I'm hoping he can bring the best out of me too.

"I want to try and impress him, that's the main objective at the moment. The end goal is to get in the first team squad and play, but the main focus for me at the minute is getting back fit."

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As for Holmes, he has spent much of this season sidelined with a long-term injury. He has, however, recently made his way back into our Under-23 side as he regains his match fitness before looking to push on.

The 18-year-old was involved as our U23s overcame Southampton on Friday night, but before the match, he spoke of his delight to sign a new three-year deal with the Royals.

"I'm very happy to put pen to paper," Holmes smiled. "It's the club I've been supporting and playing with since the age of 8, I'm very grateful that the club continue to put their trust in me. I can't wait to get going again.

"It's very special. Last year was a bit of a breakthrough year for me, hopefully I get the chance to show myself in the first team and, hopefully, the next few years will be a chance to do that.

"I've had a tricky season so far, I had an LCL injury and when I came back, I did something to my groin. But now, touch wood, I'll be back until the end of the season.

"I'm feeling good, looking to get minutes under my belt and looking to show the new gaffer what I can do and what I can bring.

"There's many a player in the Academy that's good enough to make that step into the team, it's just getting the opportunity. With the way Tom and Gabe played on their debuts, they were class.

"It just shows there's potential there, and hopefully there could be a potential back three there in the future!"

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