On a day that Axel Andresson has earnt his first call-up to the Icelandic national team, his exit from Reading has also been confirmed, as he joins Norwegian side Viking FK for an undisclosed fee.
The 20-year-old spent the first part of this season on loan at the club, making nine appearances and scoring once to help them win the second tier title in November and earn promotion to the Eliteserien, the Norwegian top flight.
Andresson first joined Reading on a scholarship in 2014, signing his first professional deal two years later. A loan spell at Bath City followed, where he became an instant hit with fans and was even handed the captaincy despite being just 19.
The centre-back, who’s brother Jokull is a goalkeeper for the Royals’ Under-18s, made his only two senior appearances for Reading in the League Cup in August 2017. After making his debut by coming off the bench against Gillingham, he started for the first time against Millwall in the next round. He would go out on loan again a couple of months later to Torquay United.
Whilst Andresson was seen as a fairly exciting prospect in the club’s academy, with fellow central defenders Tom Holmes and Tom McIntyre both making their senior debuts in the past few months and Gabriel Osho beginning to be involved with the first team as well, the Icelander may be wise to move on to a club where he will get regular first team football.
All the best for the future Axel!