Date of birth
A graduate of the Royals' Academy, Tom Holmes' promise manifested itself in a first-team debut whilst aged just 17.
Six days before his 18th birthday, while still studying for his A-Levels at Maiden Erlegh, the centre-half was thrust into a starting role against Bolton Wanderers at Madejski Stadium in March 2018, becoming the 47th Academy graduate to represent the Royals’ first team - and put in a good showing to help Reading to earn a 1-1 draw.
That senior-team call-up came in part as a result for impressive displays for our Under-23 side earlier in the campaign.
He had worked his way up through the age-groups at Hogwood - initially joining the club in 2008 as an Under-9.
He spent the large part of 2018-19 recovering from a long-term injury, but returned to fitness to feature for Scott Marshall’s U23s in their promotion push to end that season.
Under contract at Madejski Stadium until 2022, Holmes will now aim to earn regular first-team football in the Belgian second tier with KSV Roeselare, after joining their Division B outfit on a Season long-loan in September 2019.