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Jack Stacey

Born: 6th April 1996 
Nationality: English 
Position: Midfield 
Royals first-team debut: Reading 1-0 Ipswich – 16/08/14 
Appearances: 2(+4)*
Goals: 0 

Stacey‘s Story:
As an eight-year-old, Stacey joined our Academy in 2004, and has gone on to represent our U18's and U21's sides in addition to making a breakthrough into the senior team just a year later. 

In the 2012/13 season, the Ascot-born winger was an ever present in the U18's side that made their way to the Premier League final against Fulham in May, and progressing through the age groups he became a regular for the U21's in the following season. 

In the Premier League Cup’s foundational season, Stacey and the Royals battled their way to surprise everyone and reach the dying stages of the competition. 

Coming up against the blue of Manchester City in the final, he netted the decisive goal in the second leg, which would see Reading lift the cup at Madejski Stadium, in front of a 4,873 capacity crowd.  

The following August, Stacey made his Royals debut as an 89th minute substitute for another Academy graduate of ours, Jake Taylor. 

Back in the U21's squad, the midfielder played his part to add to the points tally that, come the end of the season, would see Martin Kuhl’s men be promoted to Premier League Division One as runners-up. 

Stacey made another 2(+3) appearances in a blue and white shirt towards the end of the 2014/15 season, securing a first start against Watford at Vicarage Road.   

In the final game of that campaign away to Derby County, he picked up a nasty ankle injury early on in the game that would require surgery, meanig the following summer would be spent in rehab. 

Upon recovery, he joined Barnet on a short term loan deal in November 2015, before returning back to Reading towards the start of the New Year before another spell on loan wigth Carlisle United.

In 2016-17, he helped Exeter City reach the League Two Play-Off Final - scoring a screamer at the very end of the second leg of the semi-final against his former side Carlisle to send the Grecians to Wembley! 

*Stats correct as of 01/06/2017