We might not have any new signings to talk about before the Championship campaign kicks off this weekend, but we do have confirmation of another new contract for one of last season’s top performers.
After John Swift was handed a new five year deal on Monday, Liam Moore has followed suit by agreeing a four year extension - keeping him in Berkshire until 2021.
The 24-year-old centre-back joined the Royals from Leicester City last summer and soon became a mainstay in Jaap Stam’s backline, with a number of impressive performances making him an instant fans favourite. He made a total of 47 starts in 2016/17, grabbing just the one goal against Blackburn in December, and finished in the top three in both the club’s official player of the season vote and The Tilehurst End ballot as well.
On the new contract, Jaap Stam said:
“Liam has been very important for us since joining the club from Leicester at the start of last season. He has already made a lot of progress in his time at the club and anyone who saw him play last season would have seen how much of a driving force he was in our team.
“A defender with real quality and talent, Liam is a player who can be very important in the club’s future. As a club, we want to make progress and you need to keep players like Liam within your squad and build your team around those players. So I’m delighted he’s signed a new deal.”
CEO Ron Gourlay, who one thinks may be behind the introduction of these new long term deals, added:
“It has been our clear objective as a club to prioritise securing the long-term services of some of our key first team players and Liam is certainly an important cog at the heart of our defence. I’m sure he will play an integral part in what we are aiming to achieve at Reading.”
With his new number six jersey, Moore is likely to be a key figure in the squad once again in 2017/18 as the Royals aim to go one better than last year’s play-off final defeat.