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Young Reading FC Winger Departs On Loan

Fresh off moves for Tariqe Fosu and Dominic Samuel, another Reading youngster has completed a temporary move away from the Madejski Stadium.

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This time it's Jack Stacey who'll be leaving Reading for a few weeks as he completes a short-term switch to League Two Barnet that will keep him at The Hive until after their fixture on Boxing Day.

Stacey was one of a number of Academy Graduates to see game time last season before an injury on the final day at Derby ruined his pre-season and kept him away from the senior squad. The 19-year-old midfielder has featured six times in all for the Royals and Steve Clarke told the club's website.

"Jack did very well last season to earn his chances to play first-team football, but was unlucky to pick up an injury which hampered his summer and then again at the start of this season.

"It is a great opportunity for Jack to get competitive minutes under his belt in League Two with Barnet, so we're grateful that he has this opportunity and we will be monitoring his progress and performances with keen interest."

Barnet have a decent reputation at helping to build up our young talent, with both Jordan Obita and Michael Hector enjoying successful loan periods with The Bees in the past who are now managed by former Reading No2 Martin Allen. Now Stacey will join a team 17th in the bottom tier, although they're closer to the play-offs than the relegation places right now. The Reading youngster told Barnet's website.

"I'm really excited to be at Barnet.

"The club are enjoying some good form at the moment, and I'm looking forward to coming here and contributing to that.

"I predominately play wide right or wide left - I work hard and I like to get a few goals.

"Hopefully I'll be a creative player who can produce goals for the team.

"This is good development opportunity for me, but I just want to come here and help Barnet move up the table - who knows where we could end up this season."

As with the moves for Fosu and Samuel this makes a lot of sense for both the club and the player as Stacey has found it hard to work his way past a crowded wing position that includes Lucas Piazon, Garath McCleary, Nick Blackman, Ola John and Paolo Hurtado.

All the best to Jack and we'll of course keep you updated over the coming weeks in our monthly Loan Watch.