Some encouraging news emerging from the club today is that the club have officially submitted plans for a new training ground in Sindlesham. The Chronicle reports that Reading have made a planning application to Wokingham Borough Council to build a fairly ambitious training complex.
Costing £20m, the proposed venue would include not only football pitches and a training academy, but also accommodation and associated residential buildings such as car parks. The site is designed to cater for players at senior and academy levels.
Speaking about the plans, Sir John Madejski said that such a 'huge project' is evidence of the 'ambitions of our new Thai partners'. This news of course comes soon after Garath McCleary signing a new deal to keep him at the club until atleast 2017. Taken as a whole, these developments (not to mention five summer signings) do indeed seem to show that our new Thai investors are willing to put cash into the club to support it. Not only have we seen quality players coming in and a star name Thai-d down to a new deal, but the long term of the club is looking healthy with a significant sum being invested in a new training ground.
You can read the full article on this story from the Chronicle here.
In other news, it's awards season for the football blogging community with the Football Blogging Awards coming up shortly. We're delighted to say that the Tilehurst End is eligible for a couple of categories, and would be very grateful if you could help us onto the shortlist with some votes. It's very quick and easy to cast your vote, and details of that are here.