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Robson-Kanu, Cox and Ferdinand All Set For Exit Door

The three out of contract players will all depart the Madejski Stadium this summer.

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Reading have no confirmed the departure of Hal Robson-Kanu, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox, whose contracts all run out this summer.

It's no surprise to hear of Robson-Kanu's exit, as the Welshman was never likely to want to extend his decade long stay at the Madejski Stadium with Premier League clubs such as Swansea and Southampton reportedly interested in signing him. It means that his substitute appearance against Blackburn at the weekend was the final time we'll see him in a Reading shirt. He ends his stay in Berkshire with just 30 goals in 227 appearances. Which in reality, is very poor.

The departure of Simon Cox was also predicted, as the Reading born forward has had a difficult campaign, scoring one goal in just nine starts in all competitions. Since re-joining the Royals in the summer of 2014, Cox has a total of nine goals in 64 appearances and went out on loan to Bristol City earlier this campaign where he was equally unsuccessful.

Finally, the one player I am slightly disappointed to see leave is Anton Ferdinand. The centre-back joined Reading two years ago and had his first season disrupted by injury. But when needed this campaign he has filled in competently, making 23 starts. If Jake Cooper were to also leave this summer, Paul McShane would be the only senior centre-back at the club, which is why I see Ferdinand's departure as slightly strange. There may always be the doubt about his injury record, but he's a key figure to have in that dressing room with his experience.

The other players out of contract at Reading this summer are youngsters Aaron Kuhl, Craig Tanner, Pierce Sweeney, Sean Long, Shane Griffin, Liam Kelly, Rob Dickie, Dom Hyam and Nana Owusu.

Are you happy to see Robson-Kanu, Ferdinand and Cox leave this summer? Which of the young players would you hand new deals to? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.