Reading’s incoming transfer activity may be going slowly this summer, but their contract renewals have been in full-force. Today, John Swift joins Liam Kelly, Chris Gunter, Jaap Stam, Luke Southwood and Lewis Ward in committing his future to the club for the coming seasons.
With his contract due to expire in 2019, the 22 year-old has signed a new agreement that will last until 2022.
John Swift plied his trade at Chelsea at youth level since 2007, although he only made one appearance for the senior team. Out on loan, he featured for Rotherham (4 apps), Swindon (19) and Brentford (28).
Having left Chelsea at the end of his contract, and joining Reading last summer, he enjoyed a fine debut campaign in Berkshire. He played 42 times for the Royals, grabbing nine goals and eight assists on the way. The attacking midfielder capped off 2016/17 in style by turning out for England in the u21s European Championship.
That fine season was clear evidence of his potential, and it’s great news to see that Swift is so keen to build on that in the next five years of his career.
Ron Gourlay who, like Swift spent time earlier in his career at Chelsea, told the official site:
“A midfielder of John’s calibre and undoubted potential, promising the next five years of his career to what we are striving to achieve at Reading, is a clear demonstration of both commitment to the cause from an exciting, creative midfielder and long-term ambition from the club and its owners.
“I am delighted to have secured the services of such a talented young footballer until 2022!”
Career stats from Transfermarkt.