Liam Moore is Reading’s new club captain after the Royals announced the appointment alongside the opening of Bearwood Park. After Paul McShane’s contract expired at the end of last month, the club had been without an official captain. All eyes were on Moore as he most consistently led the team when the Irishman was absent.
Were Moore to have missed out on the honour, it would have been a big sign that he was leaving or a huge gamble on a younger player - given the lack of senior pros in Jose Gomes’ squad.
Moore is Reading’s third centre-back club captain in a row, after McShane and Alex Pearce, and the fourth in five given Ivar Ingimarsson’s stint with the armband before Jobi McAnuff took over.
On Friday, the 26-year-old was the first player to kick a ball at Bearwood following Dai Yongge’s opening of the new training ground in Wokingham. It won’t actually become the first-team’s home until the end of the season though, with the building work not due to be completely done for a while longer.
♂️First football played at a state-of-the-art new training facility ⚽— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) July 5, 2019