It's been a pretty busy day today as far as loan extensions go. Four young Royals - Rowan Liburd, Dom Hyam, George Legg and Liam Kelly have all agreed to stay at their respective loan clubs (Wycombe, Dagenham and Redbridge, Gosport and Bath respectively) until the end of the season.
Of those, only Rowan Liburd has had a shot at first team football this season, although his few appearances earlier in the campaign weren't enough for him to force his way into contention for either manager. Having signed from Billericay last summer, Liburd's scored 11 times in 14 goals for the Royals' u21 side, but went out on loan to Buckinghamshire to boost his professional experience.
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Simon Cox and Dominic Samuel
Away from loan news, there's also been some developments (albeit very minor) in the futures of Simon Cox and Dominic Samuel. Speaking earlier today, Brian McDermott had this to say about where Cox might be playing his football next season...
"I can't sit here and have a conversation about Simon in this room. I want him to have an opportunity - he's not really had any. He did a good job against West Brom and Palace. He was part of something that was good and he was part of something against Birmingham which was good."
Basically, he's not giving much away. But, to me, it sounds like Simon Cox is one of the players at the club whose future is still in the balance - i.e., should he impress before the end of the season, there's still a possibility of him earning a new deal.
Meanwhile, Dominic Samuel's temporarily come back to Reading, but could make it a more permanent stay depending on his injury. Said fitness problem is one with his knee - Samuel is currently ruled out of action with a problem that could need treatment. If it does, he'll stay in Berkshire for the process. Here's Brian on that very topic...
"Dominic is back with a knee problem. If he needs to be looked after then he will be treated here."
That's basically all he said, so I haven't really got much to work with here. Cheers Brian.
That information about Simon Cox and Dominic Samuel comes courtesy of Get Reading - you can read their full take on Brian's press conference here.