Sunday 25 September 2016

Paul McShane signs for Reading and joins influx of Irish players at the Royals

Published 02/07/2015 | 11:56

Paul McShane has joined reading on a three-year deal
Paul McShane has joined reading on a three-year deal

Paul McShane has followed hot on the heels of former Hull team mate Stephen Quinn by signing for Reading.

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The 29-year-old joins on a three-year-deal after he was released by Hull following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

The Republic of Ireland international is seen as a direct replacement for compatriot Alex Pearce who left the Royals for Derby County.

Manager Steve Clarke said, “Even before Alex Pearce chose to leave the club on a free transfer I had decided that another experienced central defender was needed for this season.

“I knew that Paul’s contract with Hull City was due to expire and was always monitoring the situation. When we met up earlier in the summer for a chat I knew that Paul would be a good signing for Reading FC and I’m pleased that we managed to get the deal completed.

“As well as his obvious talents as an experienced defender who is aggressive both in the air and on the ground, I felt that he was a good character to bring into our squad.

“Paul has gained good experience at many clubs and, like Stephen Quinn, was an important part of a promotion-winning team. He has a winning mentality and it will be good for our two young central defenders, Michael Hector and Jake Cooper, to train and play alongside Paul.”

Stephen Quinn signed for the Madejski club yesterday and Irish players Stephen Kelly and Simon Cox are already at the club.

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