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Kuhl & Tanner Released, New Deals Offered To Fosu, Jules & Ward

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It's goodbye to a former Reading U21 Captain but good news for several other Academy products

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We may have a play-off campaign to worry about but Reading have already begun the process of building for next season, as they confirmed which younger players would be offered new deals at the club.

The notable names offered new deals includes Ryan East, Andy Rinomhota, Andrija Novakovich, Sam Smith and Luke Southwood but the biggest name is that of Tariq Fosu.

Fosu burst on to the scene with an impressive debut in our 3-0 win at Derby in May 2015 but due to injuries and loan spells, hasn't featured since. He's finished the season strongly at Colchester so hopefully he can return to Reading and make a big impact.

If Fosu or any of those offered contracts opt not to sign and want to go elsewhere, then the buying club must pay compensation to Reading, however if they were not offered new deals, they're free to move without a cost. As for how much compensation is paid, Reading have to provide a valuation and try to come to a mutual agreement, or else it'll be settled by a tribunal. The most high profile case concerned Danny Ings during his move from Burnley to Liverpool, with the whole process explained nicely here.

Unfortunately, there's just not enough money or places in a squad to hold on to everyone so a number of players have also been released. Those include Harrison Bennett, Aaron Kuhl, Stuart Moore, Joe Tupper, Terence Vancooten, Sean Long, Craig Tanner, Jack Denton, Dominic Hyam and Harry Cardwell.

The real stand out name there is Aaron Kuhl, a man who Captained our under 21's to a Premier League Cup win and made several first team appearances in the 2014/15 season. For whatever reason, things just didn't pan out for Aaron, despite rumoured interest from clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City. His departure seemed inevitable when earlier this year he posted a swiftly deleted Twitter rant.

Of the others, Craig Tanner featured a handful of times, including scoring on his debut in the League Cup against Newport, but has enjoyed a fantastic loan spell at Plymouth that's ended in promotion.

You can read more on those who've been released and those who've opted to stay on the club's official website.

We wish all of those released the very best for the future, Reading's Academy Manager Lee Heron spoke to us at TTE about the process of helping those who move on a new club and fingers crossed they can follow in the footsteps of Charlie Austin, Angus MacDonald, Ryan Edwards, Adam Lockwood and others who've all gone on to successful careers after Reading releases.