Good news for Reading FC fans as Andy Rinomhota has signed a new contract to 2022, the club announced on Monday.
The midfielder has been at the club since the age of 17, when he joined from non-league outfit AFC Portchester. After progressing through the academy ranks, Rinomhota made his first team debut in August 2017 against Gillingham in the EFL Cup, but it was not until this season that regular league football beckoned.
He has slotted in to the side seamlessly and arguably been the shining light in an otherwise dire campaign for the Royals, adding energy and physical presence to the midfield that has been critically lacking in recent games when the 21-year-old has been out injured.
Both Jose Gomes and Nigel Howe have given their take on the midfielder’s career so far.
“Securing Andy’s services until 2022 is excellent news for Reading Football Club,” said Howe. “He is a bright, intelligent young man who will have a fantastic future ahead of him if he keeps applying himself as he has done throughout his time at Reading.
“He has risen to every challenge gallantly, and his success so far is another feather in the cap of our youth system which continues to produce top-quality talent for our senior side.”
Gomes added: “I am very pleased that Andy has extended his contract with us at Reading. He has drive and determination, which are fantastic assets for any footballer, and he has an excellent attitude and maturity for a young man too.
“He is also a big inspiration for other aspiring players at our club, who can feel that there is a path from our Academy to our first team.”