Date of birth
Previously known for his bath time tweets, his rapping Youth Cup commentary and the impressions he made during a long string of loan spells, Michael Hector is now a name known to Royals fans after the young defender made a major first team break-through towards the end of the 2013/14 season.
With Nigel Adkins’ men short on defensive options and Hector earning cult status north of the border with high-flying Aberdeen, it came as no surprise to see the 6’4” East Ham-born centre half return to Reading in January and feature from the bench in a couple of big Madejski Stadium wins.
After loan stints with Dundalk, Barney, Shrewsbury, Aldershot and Cheltenham, his first Madejski Stadium start came against Huddersfield that March – in midfield!
The resulting season saw Hector make his mark in the backline of the Royals, at the start Nigel Adkins favouring him as the preferred partner for Alex Pearce following Sean Morrison’s departure.
His first Royals goal came against Wolves in a 3-3 draw with the Molineux side in September, Hector opening the account in the 19th minute with a bullet header.
Steve Clarke’s arrival in December didn’t hinder the defenders playing time either, continuing as a regular beside the captain it was clear to see that Hector would be going places
The only games that he missed last season came due to injury, playing in an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal as well as representing Jamaica in the 2015 Copa America and Gold Cup.
Comfortable on the ball and with bite in the tackle, 23-year-old Hector definitely has a big future ahead of him.