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Danzell Gravenberch

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

13/02/1994

Signed

25/05/2016

Country

Netherlands

A powerful presence in the heart of defence, this Amsterdam-born centre-half began his career within the famed Ajax Academy whom he joined back in 2002.

Having helped he youth squad to the 2011/12 Eredivise League title, his team then finished runners-up to Milan in the NextGen Series – the Champions League equivalent for U20 teams.

On the international scene, Gravenberch was a former youth player with the Netherlands, and he was also part of his nation’s triumphant UEFA U17 Championship squad in 2012, lifting the trophy after a penalty shootout win over Germany in Slovenia.

The 6’1” amenity signed his first professional contract at the Amsterdam ArenA in 2012, and progressed forward to spend a loan spell at NEC before a move away from Holland for the first time to join Romanian side Universitatea Cluj in September 2014. 

A year on and he returned to his homeland to join Dordrecht in the summer but soon the Amsterdam-born defender was brought to England by Jaap Stam to sign for the Royals ready for the start of the 2016/17 Championship season. 

Signing a contract that will keep him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2019, Gravenberch made his bow in front of the home contingent in Berkshire as part of a 2-2 draw against MK Dons in the EFL Cup – Reading winning the tie through a penalty shootout. His first appearance in the league came as a substitute against Aston Villa in late October. 

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