Reading striker Nicholas Bignall has signed a new contract keeping him at the Madejski until the summer of 2012.

The 20-year-old has made just one Carling Cup appearance this season for the Royals and joined League One side Southampton on loan earlier this month.

Director of football Nick Hammond said: "We're pleased to sign Nicholas to a new contract, he is a promising young player and if he continues to progress then we are hopeful he can make an impact here."

He added: "He's one of a number of players to come through our academy, he's been in and around our first team and with the benefit of loan moves that can help him make the next step.

"He's at a good club in Southampton and we're keen to see him continue to do well."

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