Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
Simon Cox is something of an anomaly in that he is one of only a handful of players who have come through the Reading Academy to forge a successful career elsewhere, without playing much of a role in a Royals shirt until of late.
A local lad, Cox joined the club at the age of nine and made his first team debut as a substitute in the League Cup win against Luton Town at Madejski Stadium in September 2005.
He featured six times in total during that incredible season, but all were earned from the bench – being fourth in the pecking order behind Shane Long, Kevin Doyle and David Kitson (What a bargain!).
He has since gone on to play Premier League football at West Brom and then dropping down a tier to play for Nottingham Forest, signing for a fee of £2million.
He became an instant regular in the first team, appearing 73 times across two seasons and netting 13 goals.
Cox has also made an impact as a striker at international level, a regular for the Republic of Ireland, he is just shy of 30 caps, having notched four goals.
In August 2014, he returned to Madejski Stadium upon being signed by the man in charge, Nigel Adkins. He was revealed as the first signing for the Royals in that window, signing on a two-year contract.
He had waited six years but the time finally came, on 19th August 2014 he recorded his first ever goal in blue and white hoops, and it didn’t stop there. Just three games later he scored away in the seventh minute as Reading held on to victory against high flying Middlesbrough.
On two occasions in 2014 he managed to net a brace, the first either end of the game against Millwall and the second, during a 3-0 thumping of the newly promoted Rotherham.