What better example of what heights can be reached from the Reading Academy than by being named Player of the Season?
Andy Rinomhota became the fifth player to be raised at Hogwood to earn that honour – our supporters voted in their droves and added him to a list which includes Gylfi Sigurðsson, Shane Long, Alex Pearce and Jordan Obita. Good company to rub shoulders with.
Our Academy Manager Ged Roddy paid tribute to a remarkable breakthrough season for the midfield dynamo – a source of inspiration for the future generations.
“First of all, congratulations to Andy – it’s richly deserved,” Ged said. “I think from the perspective of everyone at the Academy, we’re just delighted for him.
“He made his debut in November, when the club was having some dark moments. He came through and played over 20 games this season, and was a big part of the revival of the club.
“In addition to that, there have been plenty more debuts and numerous appearances by Academy boys this season.
“The most important mission was staying up, but then to see those boys coming on and playing games too was fantastic.
“When Eamonn established and developed the Academy, he talked about wanting players who were technically very gifted, who were humble in the way they went about their business, but incredibly hard working.
“Those three characteristics you see embodied in Andy Rinomhota. From an Academy perspective, you couldn’t have a better example of the type of product that we want to get out there.
“We have a special group within our Under-23s and they’re competitive – when a player gets into the first team, another one wants to get in. When one makes 10 appearances, others want to go in the same direction.”