Of all the Academy Graduates to make their senior debuts last season, Tariqe Fosu was one of the players that really had fans excited. His performance in the 3-0 win at play-off chasing Derby was a breath of fresh air, so it was of some concern to learn that like Danny Ings at Burnley, he could have walked away this summer, with the club only receiving a small compensation fee.
Fortunately, Fosu has committed his future to Reading by signing a new two-year contract that will keep him at the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2017.
Fosu told the official club website.
"I'm delighted to have signed. Another two years and now I'm looking to kick on from last season and hopefully serve the club well.
I'm still buzzing now ever since making my first team debut on the last day of the season. It was an unexplainable feeling and I thought I took my chance well. I like to excite the fans. I've just got to do what I do and hopefully they enjoy it.
I would like to make my mark on the first team this season. But I'll keep my feet on the ground, keep working hard and hopefully I'll get the opportunity."
Manager Steve Clarke added.
"Tariqe is an exciting young talent and we are delighted that he has signed a new contract with us. After a good season playing in our U21s, he burst onto the scene at first-team level in our last game of the season with a very impressive debut.
Now he has to work harder with us and continue to progress towards the next level where he is consistently involved in the senior squad."
It's fantastic news that Fosu has decided to stay with the club rather than persue one of the reported Premier League opportunities being mooted.
With his future sorted it's now up to the 20-year-old to prove that his display at Derby was more than a one-off and that he can make the step up to regular Championship football.