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Michael Hector

Born: 19th July 1992 
Nationality: Jamaica 
Position: Centre-back 
Royals first team debut: Reading 7-1 Bolton – 18/01/14 
Appearances: 82(+11) 
Goals: 5

Hector‘s Story:
A gifted young defender, Hector first joined our Academy on a scholarship at the start of the 2009/10 season. 

Spotted whilst playing for Thurrock Youth, he is now a name well known to Royals fans after he made a major break-through towards the end of the 2013/14 season.   

With Nigel Adkins’ men short on defensive duties, having earned cult status north of the border with high-flying Aberdeen, it came as no surprise to see the 6’ 4” East Ham-born centre-half recalled to Reading in January and feature from the bench in a couple of immense Madejski Stadium wins.  

Having embarked on loan spells with Dundalk, Barney, Shrewsbury, Aldershot and Cheltenham, his first Madejski Stadium start came against Huddersfield that March. 

The resulting season saw Hector make his mark within the backline of the Royals, producing sturdy performances as the preferred partner to Alex Pearce following Sean Morrison’s departure. 

His first Royals goal came against Wolves in a 3-3 draw last September, with Hector opening accounts in the 19th minute with a bullet header. 

A promising talent that’s clear to see, he put in a stellar performance during our FA Cup semi-final match with Arsenal, and due to such success, he was grabbing the attention of some big names in the Premier League.  

Beyond the Hoops:
Hector left the club in the 2015 summer transfer window, joining up with Premier League champions Chelsea on deadline day. He did however return to Madejski Stadium for the season ahead, a season-long loan deal keeping him in blue and white hoops untill the end of the 2015/16 season.    

After the arrival of Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, Hector trained with the first team and was included in the squad of the Austrian tour and U.S. tour during pre-season. But on 14th August 2016, Hector joined German side Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan, making this his 13th loan in his career!