Reading defender Tom McIntyre is set to become a free agent in a matter of weeks, with the 22-year-old yet to sign a new deal at the Madejski Stadium.
After impressing under Mark Bowen in the latter stages of the 2019/20 season, there was huge disappointment when it was rumoured he would be sent out on loan after the arrival of fellow centre back Lewis Gibson, who joined from Everton.
However, Reading suffered multiple injuries in defence throughout the last campaign and the Scottish youth international seemed to overtake Everton loanee Gibson in the pecking order.
This has led to many fans wanting to see the boyhood Reading fan and academy graduate sign a long-term deal – and negotiations between the club and McIntyre have been ongoing since early-April at the very latest.
But despite the defender’s obvious love for the club and his high performance levels over the past year, the two sides have yet to agree a new deal, provoking questions over the terms being offered to the 22-year-old. Reading’s huge financial losses in recent years have been well documented, pouring more fuel on to this fire.
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Former Royal Gabriel Osho, whose future at Luton Town looks uncertain, was in a similar situation last season. In the end, he moved to the Hatters but has found himself on loan in the lower leagues since.
With Michael Morrison turning 34 next year, the likes of McIntyre and fellow academy graduate Tom Holmes are likely to get an extensive amount of playing time again next season and beyond – and as a Reading fan – the man out of contract is unlikely to be fazed by sitting on the bench at times.
Therefore, as long as Reading offer him a half-decent contract, McIntyre will be expected to stay at the Madejski Stadium for the foreseeable future. However, the clock is ticking – and the Royals need to wrap up this new deal quickly with other Championship clubs likely to be interested in him.