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New deals offered to Academy talents as first team contracts expire

The Royals’ retained and released list ahead of 2019-20 challenge

10 May 2019

Tyler Frost, Adam Liddle and Ramarni Medford-Smith have all been offered new professional contracts with the club following impressive seasons with our promotion-chasing Under-23s in 2018-19.

19-year-old attacking midfielder Frost has scored six goals in 18 starts under Scott Marshall this season, including a Premier League Cup hat-trick against Birmingham City back in November. He also scored on debut at the start of a loan stint with Havant & Waterlooville a month later and has now been given the option to put pen to paper on an extended deal with the Royals.

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Striker Liddle’s highlight of the season came with a vital goal in a 2-1 win at Wolves at the start of the calendar year, while Medford-Smith has been a regular for Marshall’s men in reaching an end-of-season play-off push for promotion from the Premier League 2.

Reading Football Club can also confirm that new professional contracts have been offered to a number of our young Category One Academy players who have been impressing within our Under-18s.

Goalkeeper Adam Desbois and defenders Marcel Elva-Fountaine and Roberto Nditi have been offered professional terms with the Royals following the completion of their scholarships. And 16-year-old Imari Samuels has accepted scholarship terms with the club.

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We would also like to take this opportunity to place on permanent record our gratitude and sincere appreciation for the dedication and commitment of a number of first team players who will leave the club at the end of their contracts this summer.

32-year-old goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola made 43(+1) appearances during three seasons at Madejski Stadium while 33-year-old Joey Van den Berg - who has spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan with NEC in the Dutch Eerste Divisie - played both at the back and in midfield on 63(+5) occasions. Goalkeeper George Legg, meanwhile, featured in the first team squad a number of times but also now leaves the club at the end of his contract.

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Danzell Gravenberch spent this season and last on loan in Belgium and leaves the Royals with just one Reading start to his name. Injury hindered his impact as a Royal, as it certainly did for Callum Harriott who spent nearly two tough years in rehabilitation following a horrible injury suffered at the end of 2016.

O’Shea, who announced his retirement as a player when he turned 38 last month, brings the curtain down on a glittering career spent predominantly as the very top with Manchester United. And special mention should also be reserved for another former United player - club captain McShane, 33, who joined the Royals in the summer of 2015 and wore the skipper’s armband with pride, passion, grit and determination to tot up three figures in appearances as a Royal. All leave with the club’s very best wishes for the future.

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Under-23s Jamal Balogun, Cameron Green, Moroyin Omolabi, Joel Rollinson, Ademola Shokunbi and Jazz Wallace have not been offered new contracts with the club, while Under-18s Jacob Pemberton, James Hillson. Shamar Moore, Terrance Saydee, Khalid Simmo and Thomas Stevens have all been released at the conclusion of their scholarships. We wish all those young players the very best of luck in their future careers.


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