Reading have announced the signing of David Meyler on a free transfer from Hull City - the Irishman’s contract with the Tigers runs out at the end of the month, so this deal won’t go through for a few more weeks. The 29 year-old has agreed a two year deal at the Madejski Stadium, with the option of a third at the end. He becomes the Royals’ second addition of the summer, with fellow free agent Andy Yiadom set to arrive from Barnsley.
Meyler has picked up plenty of Premier League and Championship experience during his spells with Sunderland and Hull City, even appearing briefly in the Europa League. He should add the experience and balance that was sorely lacking in Reading’s midfield last season.
Paul Clement stressed the importance of that experience, saying:
“I am very happy to welcome David to the club as our second signing of the summer. He comes here with a lot of experience at this level but also the level above and with his ability and his leadership qualities, David is going to add a lot to our squad.
“At the end of last season, I felt it was important to bring in a player of David’s profile. And when I met with him, I got a real sense of his ambition to play at the highest level again. And, together, we’ll be fighting to push this club forward.”
Whilst Ron Gourlay was similarly positive, noting Reading’s success in bringing players in early on in the summer window:
“David is a player with Premier League and international pedigree and he also knows exactly what it takes to get promoted from one of the toughest divisions in the world…the Championship.
“We are pleased to be completing good business so early in the summer and, following Andy Yiadom’s commitment to the club last month, I am very confident David will be another valuable addition to our squad.”
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