Even though the transfer window is only half way through, Reading have already unveiled two new additions to the squad; Sean Morrison and Brett Williams. Defender Morrison has signed from neighbours Swindon, and striker Williams has joined from Conference South side Eastleigh.
In the case of Williams it’s unlikely we will see him in the first team this season (unless something goes drastically wrong and we find ourselves adrift of the play-offs with nothing to play for at the end of the season). He will probably be given the next few months to become accustomed to professional football.
Full time training and the rigors that go with it will probably be a small shock at first after spending the past few years splitting his time between training and his job as a driver.
I’m sure the club would also like to prepare him in the small off-field things that youth players are subjected to such as how to deal with the press and how to really look after himself. If he progresses well the club still have until the end of March to arrange a loan to a lower league team. If he isn’t ready for a loan this season it’s no real loss.
The club must have seen something in him that they feel was worth the chance, after all who thought a £75,000 signing from Cork could be one of division’s top scorers in his first full season.
It is much more likely that Morrison will be in or around the first time this season (possibly on Saturday if Mills and Khizanishvili don’t recover from injuries). Even though he is only 20, he already has over 50 first team appearances, an even bigger achievement for a defender. We are now in the great position of having three centre backs under 25 and it seems we really are building a team for the future now.
Both players have certainly been making the comments fans always love to hear, and I would like to welcome them to Reading. Hopefully they will go on to great things with the club.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.