Reading defender Alex Pearce has finally ended the speculation over his future by signing a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2015.
Republic of Ireland international Pearce, an academy graduate who has gone on to make almost 150 appearances for the Royals, spent much of the club’s dismal 2012/13 Premier League campaign embroiled in a frustrating contract dispute.
Although Pearce insisted he was willing to stay, he is reported to have rejected numerous offers due to a feeling that his ability wasn’t being sufficiently rewarded.
With Reading’s relegation confirmed and still no apparent sign of an imminent resolution, it appeared as if Pearce would leave the club following the expiration of his previous deal.
Indeed, many thought a move back to the top-flight might be a very real possibility, with Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool rumoured to be heading a throng of reputable suitors.
However, after apparently being offered a more acceptable financial package and also being suitably encouraged with the ambition shown by the signings of Wayne Bridge and former Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe, it would seem that the 24-year-old is now committed to ensuring that he will form an integral part of the club’s bid to win a third Championship title in just eight years.
"Everyone knows Reading is close to my heart – I have come through the ranks since I was 12-years-old," Pearce told the club’s official website.
"To be playing for this club is a great feeling and it feels great putting pen to paper.
"It has taken a little while but I always said that I wanted to stay at Reading and I’m so thankful that I can be a Reading player.
"I’ve said that I wanted to feel valued, and that’s the case now. It’s great to be part of something that we can build on this year.
"I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into this promotion campaign, we’ve done it once before and we can do it once again."
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