Date of birth
Winger Josh Sims made the move to RG2 on a season-long loan from Southampton in August 2018.
Joining at the age of 21, he already had Premier League and Europa League experience with the Saints, as well as international caps with England up to the Under-20 age-group.
Born in Yeovil, Sims joined the Saints’ Academy in 2011 and rose through the ranks on the south coast to eventually earn his spot in the senior team.
And when he got that first-team chance, his impact was immediate. Drafted in for a surprise start for the Saints against Everton in November 2016, he had an assist within a minute of kick-off on his debut as he set up Charlie Austin for what would be a match-winning goal.
The youngster would go on to make a total of 13 appearances for the Saints’ senior team in his maiden campaign – that included getting the nod on the European stage for a Europa League tie against Hapoel Be’er Sheva, as well as providing the assist for former Royal Shane Long in their EFL Cup semi-final win against Liverpool.
In 2017-18, Sims combined appearances in Southampton’s Under-23 side in Premier League 2 with some top-tier action for their first team after Christmas as the Saints successfully avoided the drop.
Sims also has two honours on the mantlepiece at youth level – he was part of the Saints squad which won the U21 Premier League Cup in 2015, as well as winning the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with the Young Lions in 2014.
He debuted from the bench for the Royals in Blackburn in a 2-2 draw, and then in his second appearance he won a 93rd-minute penalty at Villa Park to help Reading to rescue a point against Aston Villa.