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Sean Morrison Leaves for Cardiff

Sean Morrison has completed a quick-fire move to Cardiff City, following 3-and-a-half years at The Madejski Stadium.

Charlie Crowhurst

Just as we began to settle in our new signings, and count our hooped chickens, a big shock to the playing squad has exposed the centre of defence at Reading.

Ask any fan this week on who they expect to leave, or even be subject to an offer, and Morro wouldn't have been high on many lists. Still, as it emerged yesterday morning, and announced this afternoon, Sean has moved across the bridge and upped sticks to Cardiff City.

The fee, while officially undisclosed, seems to be around £3 million rising to £4 million with add-ons. Also, we believe no sell-on fee is owed to former club Swindon Town.

Such a high fee, if one describes it as such, doesn't match the coup of selling Matt Mills for £4 million in 2011. However, Morrison has rarely been earmarked as having the potential of centre-back partner Alex Pearce, whom he is arguably too similar to, to form a true partnership. In fact, his struggles in possession and lack of mobility has led to many fans putting him down as far from irreplacable.

Whatever that may be, it leaves the squad as slightly more exposed in this key area. Anton Ferdinand is unfit, and the only other options is Michael Hector. Yet, their must now be money to re-invest.

As he joins ex-Royal Adam Le Fondre in Cardiff, we look back fondly on our time with Sean Morrison, who has been an excellent pro and skilled defender. We wish him the best of luck in Wales.

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