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Exclusive: Reading FC man set for summer departure which could reignite Championship interest after fine form

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Reading are set for a mass clear out at the end of this season, with a number of players likely to be heading for the exit door at the Madejski Stadium. 

FLW’s Jacob Potter can exclusively reveal that young goalkeeper, George Legg won’t have his current deal with the club extended at the end of this year’s campaign.

Legg has recently attracted interest from the likes of West Brom and Crawley Town, and a potential move to Leeds United shouldn’t be ruled out.

Speaking in an FLW exclusive, the shot-stopper revealed what it felt like when he was told that he wouldn’t have his contract extended in the summer.

“It was hard, I think this is my sixth season, I’ve been there for a long time, I’ve had a lot of up’s and down’s.

“So when I found out, it was a bit hard to take but it’s the rollercoaster of a footballer’s journey. It’s about dealing with it now.”

Leeds United legend, Ian Harte, is the agent of Legg, and the goalkeeper revealed that the Baggies were previously interested in a deal for him in the past but it could be interesting to see whether Harte offers his clients services to his former club.

“I got told towards the end of last season when I was with Barnet, that West Brom were interested in me, they were chatting to Hartey about me.

“Crawley is another club that were interested. The goalkeeping coach was keen for me to move but I got injured at Barnet though which was a bit of a killer!”

The goalkeeper is currently on loan at National League side, Boreham Wood and has been in excellent form, having scooped the man-of-the-match award twice in his last three matches.

Legg admitted that he would have liked to have forced his way into the Royals first-team on a regular basis, but is pleased with the progress he has made.

“To have made the first-team would have been magnificent.

“But in general, I’ve progressed as a goalkeeper, even as a person as well, it’s got so much better through Reading with dealing with situations, good and bad, so it’s helped me with both my footballing career and off-the-field.”

Legg has made over 100 appearances in non-league football and is hoping that his first-team experience can help him standout above the rest ahead of the transfer window which reopens in the summer.

“I think so because like you say, the word experience, it’s so important for keeper’s at a young age, and it might have the edge over people that have maybe not played men’s competitive football where three points is a main aim going into games.”

It’s certain to be an interesting summer for Legg as he plots his next move, but one thing is for sure, in saying that his new club will be getting a promising goalkeeper with a bright future ahead of him.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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