Reading have secured Yann Kermorgant's services for another season after the Frenchman signed a new contract today. The ex-Bournemouth man's deal at the Madejski was due to expire this summer, but that's now been pushed back until June 2018.
The 35 year-old has been an ever-present under Jaap Stam, with his 26 appearances this season the seventh highest in the squad. With eight goals, he's also Reading's joint top-scorer.
Naturally, Jaap Stam was "very happy" that the club will keep hold of Kermorgant for another 12 months:
“Yann has been very important for us throughout the season, with his experience and the quality that he has. He has made a big impact for us in the first half of the season and it is important for us as a team and a club to keep players with those qualities within the group.
“If you look at the team and how we are performing, Yann is a big part of that. He is enjoying himself – he has been scoring goals and he is important for the team in other ways as well.
"If you have players of that calibre in your squad, it is a good thing to sign them onto a new deal – players like Yann aren’t easy to replace. So I’m very happy that he has signed a new deal.”
Kermorgant has also played an important rearguard role for the Royals. Interestingly, WhoScored rank him as the club's best defensive player to have played more than once - although the obvious caveats around relying on statistics apply.
He joins Garath McCleary, Ali Al-Habsi and Liam Kelly in signing a contract extension recently, with Danny Williams the only senior player in the squad due to leave in the summer.
Should the American now be rewarded with a new deal? Wimb answers that question here.