Reading defender Michael Hector has committed his long-term future to the club following an excellent season with the Royals.
22-year-old Hector signed a fresh contract only last summer, but his impressive first season in the heart of the club’s defence has seen him awarded with a new three-year deal.
The former Cheltenham loanee made 48 appearances for the Berkshire club last term, starring as they reached the FA Cup semi-final for the first time in 88 years.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Hector told of his delight at extending his stay at the Madejski Stadium: “It’s a really positive step for me to sign another deal at Reading and to know that you’re wanted by the manager and the club, it’s a great feeling. This is a proud moment for me and my family.
“I want to play week in, week out in the Championship again next season and hopefully I can do well and, as a team, we can improve on last year. That’s the aim.”
Hector isn’t the only one who is pleased with the deal, with manager Steve Clarke also happy to have tied the 6’4″ defender down until 2018.
“Since I came to the club in December 2014, Michael’s performances have improved almost from game to game. For a young defender to show such consistency of performance is great to see,” he said.
“However it was his work day in, day out on the training ground that impressed me the most and has shown me that Michael can have a big future in the game.
“This contract is a reward for the improvement shown and I’m looking forward to working with Michael in the coming season when, hopefully, he will continue on the same path.”
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