Ferdinand Joins Reading
It has been a few years since Reading were in the top flight of English football. They narrowly missed out on a play-off place last season. Hence, they could not compete for a return to the Premier League. Keen to avoid a repeat of the same, Reading have been recruiting some experienced players in the last few weeks of the transfer window. The latest addition to the squad is the former QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The 29-year-old has been playing in the Turkish league for the last two years after his spell with QPR came to an end.
He has now been brought back to English football on a two-year contract in a bid to help Reading get promoted back to the top flight. Former QPR striker Jamie Mackie has also been signed during this transfer window, while Simon Cox is the other addition for the team. The start of the new season did not exactly go according to plan for manager Nigel Adkins after his team could only manage a 2-2 draw against Wigan on opening day of the season. However, the upcoming matches against Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town are at home and should provide the team with a lot of confidence that they can take three points from each of these matches.
“It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading. I’ve been away from English football for a year and had some tough times. Turkey is a fantastic place to go and play football, but certain things off the field didn’t allow me to enjoy my football. That chapter is closed now, and I’ve opened a new chapter at Reading and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve got things to prove, to myself and everyone. I want to offer what I can to Reading, and hopefully that means promotion,” said Ferdinand.