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Reading Striker In Loan Switch

Reading have been busy ahead of the loan deadline as another youngster makes a switch to League One.

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Reading forward Dominic Samuel is the latest player to leave the Madejski Stadium on loan as he heads to League One Gillingham for a month. Samuel was featured in Reading's first two squads of the season before a knee injury against Colchester in the League Cup kept him out of action for two months.

Since his return to fitness the 21-year-old has fallen behind Nick Blackman, Matej Vydra and Orlando Sa in the pecking order so a loan stint away from the club makes sense as he seeks to regain the sort of form that saw him impress with Coventry in the same division last season.

Speaking of the move, Steve Clarke told the club's website.

"Dominic had a really good pre-season with the first team but picked up an injury early in the season. He worked very hard on his rehabilitation to get himself to a really good level of fitness, and now the next stage for him is to play competitive matches.

He will get that opportunity at Gillingham, which will be good for Dominic, good for Gillingham and ultimately good for us."

Samuel signed a new deal with Reading earlier this season to ease the pressure on his long-term prospects but speaking of the move to Gillingham their manager Justin Edinburgh told their website.

"We are delighted to have captured Dominic's signature, he had a massive impact at Coventry last year in this division with six goals in 13 games.

With Luke's (Norris) injury we have been a little bit short in that area but it gives us another option and a bit of a spark at the right time."

Just like Taqie Fosu's switch to Fleetwood, this one seems like a good move for all parties and the hope is that Samuel will be able to come back to the club fully fit and ready to challenge for a starting spot.

Best of luck Dom!