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“Has the ability to carve open defences at will” – Reading FC seal transfer agreement: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Championship outfit Reading have tied down out-of-contract winger Tom Ince down to a three-year deal following the expiration of his contract at Stoke City, it was confirmed yesterday.

The 30-year-old made a good impact at the Select Car Leasing Stadium during the second half of last season following his deadline day arrival from the Potters, recording two goals and one assist in 15 appearances for the Royals.

These goals came at crucial times for the Berkshire outfit, scoring a vital equaliser at AFC Bournemouth before starting their comeback in a remarkable 4-4 draw against Swansea City.

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With this, he has been rewarded a permanent contract in the Royal county and looks set to spend his long-term future at the SCL Stadium, much to the delight of many supporters who saw him shine during his short loan spell.

But is this just as good of a signing as many of the second-tier side’s supporters think it is?

We asked three of our Football League World writers for their thoughts on his move and whether he’s a good addition for Paul Ince’s men.

Billy Mulley

The transfer radar has been narrowed at Reading over the last season and into this summer, with restrictions impacting how they go about their business during this window.

Looking to make good use of the loan and free markets, Paul Ince is having to be nifty and intelligent whilst working under the current constraints.

Given the glimpses of promise his son Tom Ince displayed last year, it is no surprise that he has signed a permanent contract at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

It is a deal that makes complete sense, whilst there is a real opportunity for this to work out for all.

Losing creativity in John Swift’s departure, Ince still has the ability to carve open defences at will, and given a higher level of responsibility, there is every chance that he will succeed.

In my eyes, this is good business from the Royals!

Simmey Hannifin-Donaldson

This could potentially be a decent signing for Reading.

Ince did okay in a struggling side on loan in Berkshire at the end of last season, and if anybody is going to get the best out of him, you’d think it would be his father and Reading boss Paul Ince.

Although going back a few years, Tom Ince has put up good numbers in terms of goals and assists in the second tier, and Reading will be hoping he can do that once again next season.

Given the financial restraints the Royals are operating under, getting someone who has proven they can be a goal and assist threat at this level, like Ince, may not turn out to be a bad bit of business at all.

Toby Wilding

It feels as though this may be a rather useful signing for Reading going forward.

Given the Royals are going to find it hard to bring any players in this summer, the fact they have at least been able to get some extra reinforcement in here will be a relief.

Considering the challenge they are facing when it comes to making signings, there is a chance they will have to turn to a number of their young players next season.

Having someone with the Championship experience of Ince therefore looks to be a significant boost, both because they know he can make an impact at this level, and since he may be able to help those youngsters adapt to the challenges they could come up against next season.

With that in mind, this does look to be a rather important piece of business from the club.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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