Welsh star makes Reading move

Updated: July 17, 2012
Chris Gunter

Welsh International Chris Gunter has become Reading sixth signing of a busy summer.

The 22 year old Nottingham Forest defender has signed a three year deal with the option of a fourth with the Premier League new boys.

The deal follows hot on the heels of the capture of Watford defender Adrian Mariappa, who also completed his move to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday with the duo set to link in with the club’s over summer arrivals, Danny Guthrie, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Nicky Shorey and Gareth McCleary.

Speaking to the club’s official website the former Cardiff and Spurs defender said of the move “Having spoken to the manager, [director of football] Nick Hammond and now the chairman today, everyone has made me feel really welcome and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,”

“If you form a team spirit, a togetherness, you’ll always do well in football – and if you work hard you’ll get your rewards.

“Reading have certainly done that in the last few years. Hopefully that can carry on.

“Right now, I need to focus on impressing everyone at this club and I’m really excited to get going.”

Reading manager Brian McDermott was very pleased with his latest signing telling the club’s official website, “I’m absolutely delighted that Chris has signed,”

“He was very, very keen to come to us and is another player who is young and very hungry.

“He’s already played more than 200 games at club level, plus another 37 for his country, which is phenomenal for someone so young.

“Chris already knows our club well, he is very close to Garath McCleary, knows our Welsh players and I also know he met many of our squad over the summer too.

“With all the players we have brought in this summer they will improve and get better, and the most important thing is their hunger and desire.

“With all the business we’ve done this summer we think we’ve improved the quality in the squad considerably.”

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