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Hal Robson-Kanu

Born: 21st May 1989 
Nationality: Wales 
Position: Winger 
Royals first team debut: Reading 0-0 Nottingham Forrest – 08/08/09 
Appearances: 136(+91)* 
Goals: 30

Robson-Kanu‘s Story:
At the age of ten Robson-kanu started his career with Arsenal as a schoolboy, but by 15 he’d left the Gunners to join the Royals’ youth team setup after speaking to our then Academy manager Brenden Rodgers. 

Having overcome two serious cruciate ligament injuries, he bounced back to pen a professional contract with the club in the summer of 2007 and travelled with Steve Coppell’s squad to that years Peace Cup in South Korea. 

Although being labelled as a substitute in our FA Cup fixture with Tottenham in January 2008, his first experience of first team football came via a loan spell with Southend United. 

Joining the Shrimpers at the end of that month, our Academy graduate made 6(+2) appearances, netting three goals, and returned to Roots Hall on a month’s loan at the start of the 2008/09 campaign. 

Hal spent the second half of that season on loan to Swindon Town before making the short trip back down the M4, ready to introduce himself to the Reading faithful come the following August. 

On the opening day of the 2009/10 season he made his Royals bow at Madejski Stadium against Nottingham Forest, and soon after broke into the Wales squad after some impressive U21s displays on the international scene.   

A feature in almost every game in the clubs title-winning campaign of 2011/12, Robson-kanu bagged a record number of Premier League goals for a Royals midfielder the following season, as well as the winner for Wales against Scotland at Hampden Park that March. 

Back in the Championship, he provided fans with a stimulating FA Cup run during the 2014/15 season – scoring the winner against Cardiff, the first against Derby and in the same game, providing the telling pass to setup Yakubu who finished in style to secure the Royals a place in the quarter-finals.

Beyond the Hoops:
His contract expired in 2016 and after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign, which saw him score a pivotal goal against Belgium that earned Chris Coleman's side a place in the semi-finals out in France, HRK signed for West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day.

He made his first start of the season on 31st December in a 2-1 win over Southampton, finishing the game with a goal and an assist. Later that season he scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Arsenal before bagging a consolation goal in a 3-1 loss against Manchester City towards the end of his first campaign at the Hawthorns.