Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
David Meyler agreed to become the Royals' second signing of the summer of 2018 when he agreed to sign an initial two-year deal with the club from July 1st, with the option of a third year on the contract.
The Republic of Ireland international came through the ranks with his hometown club Cork City before crossing the Irish Sea to sign for Sunderland as a teenager in 2008.
He broke into the Black Cats’ first team towards the end of their 2009-10 Premier League campaign, debuting in a 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers in December 2009 and featuring regularly for the Stadium of Light side until the summer.
Injury struck impacting Meyler’s stay in Sunderland and although he returned to fitness to string together a number of top tier starts under Martin O’Neill – currently his international manager – he left Wearside for a loan spell at Hull City where he was reunited with his former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
He scored three goals in four games during that loan spell, finding the back of the net in wins over Watford, Huddersfield and Leeds during December 2012, and the loan move was made permanent when the window reopened the following month, Meyler signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Tigers.
That season ended in automatic promotion to the Premier League via a second-placed finish for City and Meyler had also become a regular in the Republic of Ireland squad whilst making his breakthrough in Humberside.
His senior international debut came in a 4–1 win over Oman at Craven Cottage on 11th September 2012 – a game in which former Royals Shane Long, Kevin Doyle and Alex Pearce all scored past Ali Al-Habsi, with Stephen Kelly and Simon Cox also playing a part in that victory!
Back on the domestic scene, Premier League goals against Liverpool and Manchester United helped Hull retain top flight status, while Meyler also scored against former employers Sunderland and then Sheffield United in an FA Cup run that took the Tigers all the way to a Final against Arsenal.
Following relegation, Meyler helped Hull return to the Premier League via a play-off final win against Sheffield Wednesday in 2016 before he flew off to France with Ireland as part of the European Championships squad.
In total, Meyler has 20 caps to his name and amassed a total of 181 appearances as a Hull City player before opting to leave the KC Stadium for a new challenge in Reading.