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Josh Barrett




Date of birth



181 cm




Republic of Ireland

Josh Barrett is a strong and powerful attacking midfielder who is confident in possession of the ball and not afraid to make his mark on a game. 

A youth international with the Republic of Ireland, having held his own alongside high calibre players he has also captained the youth side to the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup, and on a number of occasions, has shown match-winning quality and is capable of scoring goals from behind a striker. 

Barrett made his bow for the senior team from the bench in the late stages of Reading’s visit to Huddersfield Town in March 2016, becoming the 39th player to have graduated from the Royals Academy and represent the first team. 

After replacing Chris Gunter as a substitute in that tie, it was his first taste of professional first team football having travelled with the squad as an unused sub on three previous occasions – the first of which came back in December when the squad travelled up to Preston.  

Josh made two other appearances that season against Preston and Blackburn, making his first start for the Royals away at Ewood Park in the final game of the 2015/16 season.

In 2016-17 he spent the season representing the Royals' Under-23s and he scored six goals in 31(+6) appearances as he helped Martin Kuhl's side reach the Premier League Cup Final against Swansea City.