Academy player Darren Sidoel has left Reading on loan today, joining Belgian club KSV Roeselare in a deal that will last until the end of the season. The 20 year-old wasn’t in serious contention for first-team action this campaign, so a move elsewhere makes sense.
Sidoel had only played six times for Reading’s under-23s this season (according to Transfermarkt), so wasn’t a regular feature at youth level either.
What we don’t know is the long-term intention for Sidoel. Has he been sent to KSV with a view to bringing him into the fold next season, letting him go in the summer, or do the club not know?
Either way, he’s become the fifth player to head out from Berkshire in the opening days of the January transfer window. Axel Andresson and Adrian Popa had already agreed moves to Viking (permanent) and Ludogorets (loan) respectively in December, before Pelle Clement and Ben House went to PEC Zwolle (permanent) and Swindon Town (loan) respectively.
In joining KSV Roeselare, he links up with fellow loanee Danzell Gravenberch and former technical director Brian Tevreden, who is now the Belgian club’s chief executive.