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Loan News: Sam Smith Joins Shrewsbury Town Until The End Of The Season

The striker leads a list of four names to depart the Madejski Stadium on a temporary basis today.

Oxford United v Northampton Town - Checkatrade Trophy Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

It’s gone a bit quiet on the transfer front at Reading this week, but there have been four departures from the Madejski Stadium today, all in the form of academy players making loan moves.

Firstly, 20-year-old Sam Smith has joined League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season, following an unsuccessful spell at Oxford United earlier in the campaign. The striker scored three goals (all in the Checkatrade Trophy) in 23 appearances for the U’s before they activated a clause in the deal to send him back to Reading. He has not featured for the Royals since the 4-0 defeat at home to Ipswich Town in the penultimate game of last season.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper George Legg has agreed his 11th loan spell of his career, and third of this season, by moving to Boreham ‘Brexit means Brexit’ Wood of the National League until the end of the campaign. The 22-year-old has already appeared for Aldershot Town and Braintree Town in the fifth tier this season, and with his contract up at Reading in the summer he’ll want to impress in order to earn a new deal.

Finally, there have also been one month extensions to the loans of Tyler Frost (19) at Havant & Waterlooville and Ramarni Medford-Smith (20) at Wealdstone, in the National League and National League South respectively. Both youngsters were regulars with the Under-23s earlier in the season and have earned plaudits out on loan, with Frost scoring on his debut for Havant.