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Anton Ferdinand signs for Reading

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Anton Ferdinand has put pen-to-paper to a deal to sign for Championship outfit Reading, BBC Sport reports.

The 29-year-old spent last year at Antalyaspor in Turkey before becoming a free agent. The centre-back has a wealth of experience in the English top flight with 300 career appearances for West Ham, QPR and Sunderland.

Deal

The centre-back has signed a two-year contract with the Royals that will keep him at the Madejski Stadium until 2016. Despite having signed on the dotted line and already begun training with his teammates, Ferdinand must wait for international clearance before making his first team debut and will not be available for Reading's Capital One Cup tie against Newport County on Tuesday.

Experience

Ferdinand began his career at West Ham, where he was one of a number of star players to emerge from the academy such as Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and brother Rio Ferdinand.

In 2008, Ferdinand earned a move to Sunderland in a deal worth £8 million before signing for QPR three years later. He then represented Turkish sides Bursaspor and Antalyaspor before returning to England recently.

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Delighted and determined

"It feels fantastic, obviously being away from English football for a year and to come back to a club like Reading you feel a family environment," Ferdinand told Reading's official website.

"I've got things to prove, to myself and everyone. A lot of people have written me off and doubted me because I've been away for a year, but I'm here to prove to people that I can offer a lot to English football."

Reading manager, Nigel Adkins, has urged Ferdinand to use his experience in a young team and 'lead by example'.

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