Garath McCleary is a player that will be fondly remembered in his time with Nottingham Forest, which came to an end in the summer of 2012.
The Jamaican winger moved to Berkshire-based Reading, where he has gone on to make 262 appearances in total for the Royals in his time with the club to date.
McCleary made his mark in the Championship with the Reds at the City Ground though, and was hugely impressive before moving to the Madejski Stadium.
A classic example of this was when he scored four goals in a single match in a memorable 7-3 win over Leeds United at Elland Road back in March 2012.
Two players that played alongside McCleary in his time with Nottingham Forest were Luke Chambers and Lewis McGugan, who were equally impressive as the 32-year-old.
Speaking in a Q&A session on his Instagram page, McCleary issued high-praise for both Chambers and McGugan, and labelled Chambers as one of the best captains he’s played alongside.
Chambers is currently playing his football with League One promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town, where he has made over 350 appearances for the Tractor Boys.
Whilst McGugan is without a club after his spell with Northampton Town came to an end in January 2018. He has since had trials with the likes of Bradford City and Port Vale, although a permanent move failed to materialise.
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It’s good to hear him speaking highly of both Chambers and McGugan, as they were both great servants to the Reds themselves in their time at the club.
Chambers in particular certainly came across as a real leader on the pitch, and it doesn’t surprise me to see McCleary highlighting that in this social update.
McCleary has struggled for consistency in his performances for Reading in his time with the Royals due to injury, which will be frustrating for the winger.
We have seen glimpses of his quality at times, but he’ll be hoping he can finish this year’s campaign strongly.