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Wednesday 23 May 2012

Harte signs new deal with Reading

Promoted Royals agree new one-year contract for 34-year-old defender

Ian Harte made 34 appearances during Reading's Championship-winning 2011/12 season

Reading's Ian Harte has signed a new one-year deal with the Royals, meaning the defender will be available for their return to the Barclays Premier League.

Brian McDermott has moved to secure the services of the 34-year-old, who made more than 200 Premier League appearances for Leeds United between 1995 and 2004, and also played in the top flight for Sunderland in 2008.

Harte moved to the Madejski Stadium from Carlisle United in August 2010, scoring 11 goals in his first season.

"It's a dream come true to go back to the Premier League"
- Ian Harte

He made 34 appearances during Reading's march to the Championship title in 2011/12 and has now committed to the club until the summer of 2013.

"It's a dream come true to go back to the Premier League," Harte told Reading's official website.

"Two years ago the manager took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to come to a fantastic club like Reading. And I've had two of the best years of my career here.

"I'm absolutely delighted. Now that it's all sorted, I can go away and enjoy the summer, thoroughly look forward to next season and come back raring to go."

Royals boss McDermott added: "It's a fantastic story, if you consider that two years ago Ian had been written off in certain quarters, and yet now he is a Premier League player again.

"That tells you everything you need to know about the person, the player, his resilience, his character, his determination and his quality.

"He still has that burning desire in training every day to play at the highest level. So I'm delighted that Ian has signed a new contract."

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Key Points

  • Ian Harte signs one-year deal with Barclays Premier League new boys Reading
  • Deal means defender is committed to the club until summer 2013
  • Harte made more than 200 top-flight appearances for Leeds United
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