Reading manager Steve Clarke says that young striker Rowan Liburd was worth taking a chance on.
The 22-year-old signed a two-year deal at the club last week after impressing scouts whilst playing for Billericay Town, and signed a two year deal, and will play for the Royals’ prestigious under-21 team.
At 17, he left in England for the U.S. where he had won himself a football scholarship and became well known for his ability at Georgia’s Thomas University.
He captured many awards, one of which was the Sun Conference Player of the Year, which covers Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Despite not being a particularly young man in the football world, his 22 non-league goals were enough to impress scouts at the club , but it’s still an interesting transfer.
Royals boss Steve Clarke told Get Reading: “He’s interesting in the fact he went to America and went through the college system,” said Royals’ boss.
“That’s why he’s come through quite late to the English game.
“He came back, took his chance in non-league and we were lucky enough to be the team that spotted him and brought him in.
“I’ve seen him in training and he’s got good ability. A lot to work on but he’s certainly worth taking a chance on.
“He played for the U21s and did very well.
“All the reports were positive and the club decided it was worth bringing him in. These are the type of players when you don’t get too long to decide because if you don’t, then someone else will take him.
“The club decided he would be a good addition to the group.
“He’s a young striker, a bit raw but he can develop. He adds to the other young strikers we’ve got.”
It’s good to see Reading back in familiar territory, signing players from the unknown and perhaps making them into stars. Who knows? Perhaps Liburd could be the next Dave Kitson, Kevin Doyle or Shane Long.
The Berkshire club will be hoping for a considerably better season after what turned out to be an abysmal campaign last year, which saw the club finish in a lowly 19th position in the Sky Bet Championship.
Royals fans….. What do you make of this? Are you excited about the signing of Liburd? Will he ever get a chance in the first-team? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!