Many of the Reading players returned to the club yesterday for the first day of pre-season training, as the club began their preparations for the new Championship season.
However, there were a number of senior players who were absent from the group that arrived at the club’s training ground yesterday morning and according to Get Reading, these players have all been told to find new clubs this summer.
It is understood that Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Sam Baldock and Chris Gunter are all part of the select group of players who have been told to stay away from the club this week.
These players are not thought to be in manager Jose Gomes’ plans for next season and they have effectively been exiled from the first-team squad.
The group have been told to return to training at the beginning of next week, meaning they will miss the two-week training camp in Spain, with the rest of the squad due to fly out the day before.
Also included in this group are Marc McNulty and David Meyler, who both spent last season out on loan.
It is important that Reading fans understand that this is a necessary part of the rebuilding process, as Gomes looks to put his own stamp on his squad this summer and build a team that can improve on last season’s disappointing 20th-place finish in the Championship.
The Sun reported last month that Reading have been placed under a soft transfer embargo, due to over spending in the last three years, so funds are likely to be limited this summer.
If they are not a part of Gomes’ plans for next season, then it makes perfect sense for Reading to look to move these players on this summer, as it will allow the club to trim their wage bill and free up funds so that new signings can be made.
Three of these players, Bodvarsson, Gunter and Meyler, all have one year remaining on their contract at the Madejski Stadium, so it makes complete sense for Reading to look to sell them now, rather than risk allowing them to leave for free at the end of next season.
The money made from selling them will allow Gomes to strengthen his squad in key areas and build a team that he will hope can challenge further up the table next season.