Defender Alex Pearce has committed his future to Reading by signing a new contract which will keep him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2013.

The Royals were keen to keep the highly-rated 21-year-old, whose contract was due to expire in the summer. He follows fellow Academy graduates Gylfi Sigurdsson and Simon Church in signing a new deal.

Director of football Nick Hammond said: "I'm delighted we've reached an agreement on this new contract for Alex. He has become an integral part of our squad with his performances on the pitch and also shown great maturity for a young man."

He added: "Securing the young talent at the football club is key to our long-term future. We have signed a number of players to new contracts recently and that is vital for what we want to achieve as a club.

"They are young men who are still finding their way in the game but the experience they are gaining at this time will be invaluable for their futures."

Pearce said: "It feels good to get it sorted and know I'm staying here for the foreseeable future. It's a fantastic club with high ambitions and I'm very pleased to be a part of it."

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