Reading youngster Andy Rinomhota has agreed a new deal at Reading that will keep him at the club until 2021. The 20 year-old central midfielder’s contract had been due to expire in the summer, but the current arrangement adds on another few years.
Rinomhota is yet to appear for Reading in the league, but has made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup. He got the full 90 minutes against Gillingham, before featuring in the entire 120 during the 3-1 win over Millwall in extra time. Injuries to senior players also gave him the chance to be on the bench for Reading’s first two league matches - the trip to QPR and home game against Fulham.
Andrew Ferai Rinomhota, to give him his full name, joined the Royals in 2015 from AFC Portchester, and has since been part of our youth set-up. In terms of playing style, consider him a tenacious box-to-box central midfielder who has the energy to get around the pitch and make contributions in defence and attack.
Speaking to the official site about the news, Jaap Stam said:
“From the start of the season when he joined us in Holland for pre-season and became part of the first team squad, Andy has made a very good impression. He’s a box to box midfield player with a lot of quality and ability as an individual, but he also brings a lot of energy to the team and any game he plays in, so I’m delighted we have been able to offer another one of our promising Academy graduates a long-term deal at the club.”
Chief Executive Ron Gourlay was also delighted to see the youngster extend his contract:
“Andy is another promising young player we believe in. In the glimpses our supporters have had of him in first team action this season, he has certainly impressed and warranted his inclusion on the manager’s teamsheet.
“But most importantly he is hungry to improve, achieve and succeed as a Reading Football Club player.”
Rinomhota joins Omar Richards in committing his future to the club, which happened last week. Attention now turns to sorting out contracts for the soon-to-be-free-agents Anssi Jaakkola, Stephen Quinn, Joseph Mendes and Tennai Watson - should the club see fit.