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Chris Gunter is a Welsh international right back who joined the Royals in the summer of 2012, joining from Nottingham Forest.
At 16, he became the youngest ever player to represent Wales' U21 side and in 2007 the then-Cardiff defender was named the Football League’s Apprentice of the Year.
Such recognition earned him an eye-catching move to Tottenham Hotspur and, coincidentally, his debut for the North London outfit came against the Royals in an FA Cup tie.
Gunter found his first team opportunities limited at Spurs and after initially joining Nottingham Forest on loan he made a permanent switch to the Midlands.
He raked up almost 150 games for Forest and was named as the best right-back in the Championship for the 2009-10 season. Reading came calling in the summer of 2012, following their promotion to the Premier League, and the solitary top-flight campaign saw Gunter turn out 20 times for the Royals.
More international recognition arrived during 2013-14 as he became the youngest Welshman to reach 50 caps and at the conclusion of the campaign the full-back was voted as runner-up to Jordan Obita in the Royals’ Player of the Year vote.
In 2014-15 he played a pivotal part in the Royals side that reached the FA Cup semi-final, losing out to eventual winners Arsenal at Wembley.
For the 2015-16 season Gunter endured a staggering 66 appearances for club and country, as on the international stage Wales outshone everyone to reach the semi-finals of the European Championships held in France.
And in 2016-17, Gunter was an ever present for the first team, playing every one of the 46 games that took us into the play-offs! He captained the club to victory in the second leg of the semi-final against Fulham on his 400th career start, and then he led the team out at Wembley in the Final against Huddersfield.
Likewise, he enjoyed another mammoth campaign in 2017-18 and featured a total of 52 times in all competitions for the Royals, culminating with a final-day draw on his old patch at Cardiff which kept Reading in the Championship.