Reading Football Club has agreed a deal with Hull City midfielder David Meyler who was set to be out of contract by the end of this month. The midfielder was part of the Tigers setup since 2013 and was an instrumental player for them in the middle of the park for all these years.
He made 27 appearances in all competition last season and managed to score five goals. The midfielder has had an inconsistent season as he failed to turn up with good performances every gameweek. However, he has plenty of experience and was part of the Hull City team which got promoted to the Premier League.
The Royals released an official statement on their website which said,” Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that versatile defensive midfielder David Meyler has agreed to sign for the Royals on an initial two-year contract with the option of a third year included in the deal. The paperwork will be completed upon the conclusion of his contract at Hull City at the end of this month.”
Reading had a dismal season as they were fighting for survival in the Championship. They only managed to guarantee their survival on the last day with a draw against Cardiff City and will be hoping that they are not in a relegation battle for the upcoming season.
The 29-year-old was recently part of Ireland’s squad for a friendly against France and USA. The Irish midfielder has racked up 26 appearances for his national side and has a good amount of experience of playing in English football.
Their manager Paul Clement looks satisfied that they managed to sign the midfielder. He said,” I am very happy to welcome David to the club as our second signing of the summer. He comes here with a lot of experience at this level but also the level above and with his ability and his leadership qualities, David is going to add a lot to our squad.
“At the end of last season, I felt it was important to bring in a player of David’s profile. And when I met with him, I got a real sense of his ambition to play at the highest level again. And, together, we’ll be fighting to push this club forward.”
The Royals conceded 70 goals in the Championship the last season and that is certainly nowhere near good enough to qualify for the playoffs. They have seen a huge downfall from the 2016-17 season when they were in the playoff finals and lost to Huddersfield Town on penalties. Reading board and faithful will be hoping that the signing of Meyler will bring in much-needed stability in the middle of the park and that the Irishman will be able to protect their defence better in the defensive midfielder role.