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Reading FC Announce New Contracts For Academy Stars

A batch of new contracts have been offered to the Royals' academy prospects, while a significant number have also been released by the club.

Let's start with the positive side of things, 16 Reading players have been offered contracts to remain at the club. Of course, this comes after news that right-back Tennai Watson and Iceland-bound goalkeeper Lewis Ward have been given extensions.

After winning the Under-21 Premier League Cup as Reading captain, and a short loan to doomed-SPFL outfit Dundee United, Aaron Kuhl has been given a new deal in Berkshire. Similarly, Rob Dickie and Dom Hyam have been on loan for much of the season and have also been offered extensions, Dickie having made his debut for the first-team at Blackburn.

Playmaker Liam Kelly, centre-back Zak Jules, goalkeeper George Legg, and American target man Andrija Novakovich have also been given the chance to continue their Madejski Stadium careers.

From the Under-18s squad, leading scorer Sam Smith joins Luke Southwood, Billy Collings, Joe Tupper, Omar Richards, Harrison Bennett, and Ryan East in being offered new contracts.

Note that these are contract offers, not contract signings, as players can still walk away from the club.


Now for the less-good news, and those leaving the club. After Hal Robson-Kanu, Simon Cox, and Anton Ferdinand were allowed to depart, a number of academy players are also leaving.

Former Republic of Ireland Under-21 Player of the Year Pierce Sweeney is to be released, along with Noor Husin, Nana Owusu, Hammad Lawal, Lewis Collins, Connor Shaughnessy, Estonian forward Bogdan Vastsuk, and long-throw specialist Sami Fridjonsson.

We wish these young professionals the best in their future footballing career. Except, for you, Hal.

Okay, you too.