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Reading FC Announce Squad For Dutch Pre Season Tour

Ali Al-Habsi and Dominic Samuel miss out, and are on the verge of a departure.

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Reading FC have unveiled who’ll be taking part in the pre-season tour of Holland.

Injured stars Callum Harriott, Yann Kermorgant, Garath McCleary, Joseph Mendes and Tennai Watson all miss out through injury.

While Dominic Samuel and Ali Al-Habsi miss out on the tour as they have both been given permission to hold talks with other clubs about a move away from the club.

And with only Pelle Clement joining The Royals so far this summer, it’s a very young side Jaap Stam is taking with him to his home country.

In alphabetical order, the squad is:

  • Josh Barrett
  • Roy Beerens
  • Tyler Blackett
  • Pelle Clement
  • Jake Cooper
  • Liam Driscoll
  • Ryan East
  • George Evans
  • Tyler Frost
  • Chris Gunter
  • Tiago Ilori
  • Anssi Jaakkola
  • Liam Kelly
  • George Legg
  • Danny Loader
  • Paul McShane
  • Liam Moore
  • Jordan Obita
  • Adrian Popa
  • Stephen Quinn
  • Omar Richards
  • Andy Rinomhota
  • Sam Smith
  • John Swift
  • Joey van den Berg
  • Lewis Ward


The squad is extremely light in striking options, with both Mendes and Kermorgant missing out, and Samuel on the verge of departure.

With Ali Al-Habsi almost gone as well, the onus is on the likes of Jaakkola and Legg to make a big impression on Stam and his coaching team, and become the new first choice for The Royals.

Otherwise, the youngsters have a chance to make their mark and become this season’s Liam Kelly (breakthrough star).

The squad will play two pre-season double headers against foreign opponents during their ten day trip.

Find out more about the pre-season tour on the official Reading FC site.