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Tuesday 10 July 2012

Reading re-sign left-back Shorey

Defender moves back to Madejski Stadium four years after leaving the club

Nicky Shorey made 25 Barclays Premier League appearances for West Brom last season

Reading have re-signed their former defender Nicky Shorey after his release by West Bromwich Albion.

The 31-year-old former England international has signed a one-year contract at the Madejski Stadium, with the option of a further year next summer.

Shorey is no stranger to Royals fans having served the club for seven years from 2001-08, making 286 appearances in the process.

"I had great times here at Reading and it's a new challenge now"
- Nicky Shorey

"It feels good, I'm looking forward to it and I'm excited," Shorey, who was once voted by fans as Reading's greatest ever left-back, told the club's official website.

"I had great times here and it's a new challenge now. The club's completely changed, it's a new challenge and a new season so I'm just looking forward to that.

"I always keep tabs on Reading and last season they did extremely well. It's always tough to come in and try and get into a team that's done so well so you've got to fight your way in and work hard.

"Whenever I'm needed I'll be ready. I've always had great support from the Reading fans and I feel a little bit like I owe them a great deal and a lot of my career really.

"This club is run right and you've got good people working here. I was delighted when they got promoted last year. To be honest, I didn't have one thought that I might be coming here but it's nice to be a part of it.

"It's such a good place and a good town and everyone gets behind the team so it's a nice feeling around the club."

Shorey is Reading's fourth big summer signing since winning promotion last season, following midfielder Danny Guthrie, winger Garath McCleary and striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Club chairman Sir John Madejski added: "I would like to welcome Nicky back to Reading, he was an oustanding player here once before and we are looking forward to him triumphing even more this time around.

"I know the manager was very keen to have Nicky back, that makes a huge difference and so good luck to him once again."

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Key Points

  • Reading re-sign their former left-back Nicky Shorey
  • Defender, 31, was free agent after leaving West Brom
  • Shorey spent seven years at Reading in first spell