The Carabao cans are out for the sixth time this summer as Dave Edwards has completed his move to Reading from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He signs for on a two year deal for a reported fee of around £1 million.
It brings to an end a nine year spell at Molineux for the midfielder, who made a total of 307 appearances for the Midlands club, scoring 44 goals. It was however limited game time at the start of this season under new manager Nuno Espírito Santo that has led to a transfer away - the Portuguese boss had only handed Edwards two starts in the Carabao Cup.
At 31 years old, Edwards certainly brings experience to the Royals’ squad having played ten seasons in the top two divisions of English football including three years in the Premier League between 2009 and 2012. In addition, the midfielder has 39 caps for Wales and alongside Chris Gunter was part of the Dragons’ squad that went all the way to the Euro 2016 semi-finals last summer.
On the transfer, Chief Executive Ron Gourlay told the official club website:
“It is always so important to strike the right balance between youth and experience within a squad and, with more than 500 career appearances to his name already - earned with both club and country - Dave adds experience in abundance to this group of players. And, crucially, he is hungry for more success as a Royal and we look forward to welcoming him to the club after he returns from international duty with Wales!”
Brian Tevreden added:
“I am very pleased to welcome a midfielder with proven Championship and Premier League pedigree into our group and, as a player who has been a key part in the cut and thrust of many campaigns with Wolves, I am confident he will be a valuable addition to the squad here at Reading.”
In the next few days we’ll get the Wolves view on Edwards, who netted 10 goals in 49 appearances last season, but for now we’ll leave you with the obligatory YouTube video of the midfielder’s highlights.