Stoke City manager Tony Pulis believes striker Dave Kitson still has a future at the Britannia Stadium.
Kitson was allowed to return to Reading on loan just six months after joining the Potters from the Berkshire outfit in a club record £5million transfer.
The 29-year-old failed to score in 18 appearances for the Premier League outfit, but Pulis is still confident that Kitson can prove to be a successful signing for his club.
Kitson has returned to Stoke after Reading's Championship play-off campaign was ended at the semi-final stage.
"I have not spoken to Dave yet but obviously Reading's defeat was an enormous disappointment for him," said Pulis.
"He will come back as I thought he was unfortunate here. He had a lot of things going on behind the scenes that did not help.
"We still think Dave is a quality player. If he gets a couple of goals early on next season that could help him.
"He has done it before and done very well in the Premier League. It hasn't worked here yet, but that happens with lots of players.
"Dave will have a fresh start and if he gets a good pre-season under his belt that will help him."