READING hope that their new signing, Ireland international Stephen Quinn, can get the Royals back into the Premier League, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.
Quinn (pictured) was part of the Hull City side which was relegated at the end of last season and while the Tigers were eager to keep him on board, the 29-year-old was more keen to move on and today he agreed a three-year deal with Reading.
"Stephen is an unassuming player but has always caught my eye. When I knew he was available, I targeted him quite early in the summer. His performances are always of a good standard and he is a talented, industrious, aggressive midfielder who can be influential in games," Royals boss Steve Clarke said today after completing the deal on a free transfer.
"Obviously he has just experienced relegation at Hull City and is desperate to get back to the Premier League as quickly as possible, which can only be good for us. He has previous experience of playing in the Championship and was an important member of the Hull City team that gained promotion.
"Stephen is also a good character who will have a positive effect in our changing room and, just as importantly, on our younger players here at Reading FC."
Former Sheffield United man Quinn is the fifth current international to change clubs over the summer, following earlier deals for James McClean (Wigan to West Brom), Darren Randolph (Birmingham City to West Ham United), Kevin Doyle (Wolves to Colorado Rapids) and Alex Pearce (Reading to Derby County).