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Newsbites - 10th August 2011

Newsbites - 10th August 2011

Reaction to Shane Long's departure is naturally the hot topic in this edition of Newsbites...

How Shane developed at Reading (Reading OS) - the official site here rounds up Shane Long's career at Reading, tracking his path from a £20,000 18-year-old to the £6m striker he is now.

Jobi: Good luck to Longy (Reading OS) - the captain reacts to the sale of our star striker.

New boy reveals Baggies plan (Clubcall) - a few words from Shane himself about his plans for the future, including the possibility of making his debut against Man Utd this weekend.

Jonny Fordham of GetReading has written a blog about how the Long offer was too good to turn down, check it out here.

Reading role excites Khumalo (Football365) - our loanee centre-back tells Football365 he sees Reading as the ideal place to develop.

GetBracknell report that goalkeeper Alex McCarthy may be allowed out on loan this season, possibly to Celtic or Hearts.

As you may have seen, Reading's Carling Cup match away at Charlton yesterday was called off; the new date is Tuesday 23rd August (VitalFootball).

And finally... Football365 has compiled a team of current free agents - including ex-Royals Marcus Hahnemann and Ibrahima Sonko. They reckon it would easily compete in the Championship, so if you're reading this Brian, it's worth a look ;-)