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Reading FC Miss Out On Mackie

The man voted third in the Player of the Season vote won't be returning to the Madejski Stadium as Jamie Mackie signs for QPR.

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According to a report in the Daily Mail, Mackie will join QPR from Forest for an undisclosed fee tomorrow morning. It would be a return to Loftus Road for Mackie who spent three years at the club from 2010 to 2013, helping them to win promotion in the process.

The same report claims that Steve Clarke had wanted Mackie to return to the Madejski but it seems Reading were unable to agree a deal with Forest for the forward. If the move does go through it will be another blow for the Royals manager who's already seen captain Alex Pearce and Player of the Season Adam Federici leave the club this summer, with no replacements yet to arrive.

Mackie will be best remembered for his run of form in February and March that saw him score five key goals to earn a point at Bolton, wins over Brighton and Ipswich, while helping to seal a place at Wembley with the final goal in the 3-0 Quarter-Final replay over Bradford. Those performances helped him finish third in both The Tilehurst End & Official Club Player of The Season voting. With that being said, many had criticised the Forest loanee for a lack of end product and in the end he managed just six goals in 39 games, with five of those coming within a six game spell.

So what do you make of the news Tilehurst Enders? Were Reading right to withdraw from a bidding war or should they have pushed the boat out to keep the 29-year-old at the Madejski Stadium?

****update****

The deal has now been confirmed, ending any lingering hopes of a Mackie return.