Royals four agree new deals

04 July 2007 12:51
Reading have completed a busy day of contract renewals after agreeing fresh terms with Shane Long, Ivar Ingimarsson, James Harper and Simon Cox. Republic of Ireland striker Long has put pen to paper on a long-term contract until 2011. The 20-year-old signed from Cork City two years ago and broke into the first team last season when he netted four times. "I am absolutely delighted to secure the signature of one of the most exciting young talents in the Premier League for a further four years," director of football Nick Hammond told the club's official website. "The progress he's made in such a short space of time since joining us has been phenomenal, and the faith placed in him by the manager has allowed for that development. "Shane now has a big opportunity and the challenge for him is to force his way into the starting line up on a regular basis in the coming season." Meanwhile, Ingimarsson, Harper and Cox have put pen to paper on three-year contracts. "As (manager) Steve Coppell has said, one of our biggest jobs this summer is to secure the futures of our existing players, and these deals are an important part of that process which will continue in the coming weeks," added Hammond. Young professionals Aaron Brown, Scott Davies and Ben Hamer have also agreed one-year contracts.

Source: ESA

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