We are pleased to announce that 17-year-old full-back Imari Samuels has put pen to paper on a first professional contract with the Royals.
Samuels, who celebrated his 17th birthday earlier this month, has come through the ranks of Reading Football Club’s Academy and now signs a deal which will see him continue his development as a Royal until 2022.
Imari was at Madejski Stadium this morning to complete the paperwork, having recently returned from Spain where he represented the England Under-17 side in a trio of friendlies designed to form part of the Under-17s' preparations for their Euro qualifiers in March.
Samuels was initially on duty for his country back in September, winning the Syrenka Cup with the Young Lions – and he joined fellow Reading youngsters Coniah Boyce-Clarke and Nelson Abbey in the squad to ensure the Royals had more players included in Kevin Betsy's squad than any other club!
Imari himself was an unused substitute in a goalless draw against Ukraine in Marbella before earning a start in England’s 4-2 win over Russia two days later. And the young full-back rounded off the stay in Spain with a second start and a clean sheet in the 4-0 victory over Ukraine last Monday.
Now, Samuels has committed his future to Reading Football Club until 2022 and we are delighted to offer him professional terms as a Royal.
We can also confirm that winger Joseph Ajose has signed a professional contract with the club.
The Hackney-born midfielder, who turns 18 in May, was last registered as a Port Vale youngster but after impressing on trial within our Academy, he now joins the Royals as a free agent to sign a contract which will keep in in RG2 until the summer of 2021.