Just a day after announcing the arrival of striker Orlando Sa, Reading FC have today signed another new player. The latest addition is 29 year old Ireland international Stephen Quinn, who joins the club on a three year contract, with the option of a fourth year.
Quinn made 28 appearances and scored one goal as The Tigers suffered relegation from the Premier League. The midfielder has been capped 13 times by the Republic of Ireland during a career which has taken him from St Patrick’s Athletic to the Madejski Stadium via Sheffield United, Milton Keynes Dons, Rotherham United and of course Hull.
The decision of the Dublin-born Quinn to move to the Madejski Stadium is something of a coup for Steve Clarke and the club. He was offered a new deal by Hull and there was plenty of interest elsewhere. The offer of long term security will no doubt have been a factor as would the attraction of working with as respected coach as Clarke.
On his new signing Clarke said:
"Stephen is an unassuming player but has always caught my eye and, when I knew he was available, I targeted him quite early in the summer. His performances are always of a good standard and he is a talented, industrious, aggressive midfielder who can be influential in games."
It has been a long time since Reading signed such a respected established player. Whisper it quietly, but the excitement is starting to grow in Royal Berkshire.