In another thoroughly unsurprising signing, Reading have announced the signing of Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Mackie on a season-long loan deal. He joins fellow former Forest striker Simon Cox at the Madejski, with the Irish international arriving yesterday.
Mackie, a Scottish international, is very experienced at this level, having played for the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Queens Park Rangers during his career. In a hopefully Gorkss and Leigertwood-esque omen, he has won the Championship before in his time wearing fake hoops, bringing much-needed title-winning experience to Berkshire. He also turned out for QPR during their recent Premiership seasons, scoring 9 goals in 41 (+19) appearances, including a strike against Manchester City that threatened to deny them a title on the last day of the season in 2012.
"This is a great opportunity for me... Speaking to the manager, I know this club have a lot of really good, young players breaking through into the first team and it feels great to be part of that. If myself and Coxy can add a bit of guile and experience to the group then that will be important this season. I'm excited to get going." Jamie Mackie.
"Jamie is a player I remember watching when he was at Plymouth - he is a good age, works so hard for the team and I'm delighted to get this loan deal across the line. Both players we have brought in have experience of playing in the Championship, the Premier League and at international level and they will provide a positivity, a hunger and a desire to work hard with a group of players who have a fantastic team spirit." Nigel Adkins.
The new signings together #readingfc pic.twitter.com/83N1U7jmYZ— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 8, 2014
Jamie Mackie signs for #ReadingFC... My dad used to work with his brother. That's all I got. #TrueStory— Marc Mayo (@ThatMarcMayo) August 8, 2014
For the full story, you can read the official report from the club here.