Academy graduate Tom Holmes has committed his future to Reading Football Club by putting pen to paper on a new and improved three-year deal.
Holmes, who has been at the club since joining as an eight-year old in 2008, said he was thrilled to be continuing his Royals journey.
“I’m delighted to get it done and to finally get it signed and can’t wait to get going,” Holmes told Reading’s media team.
“This club has a lot to offer, it has done a lot for me growing up and I think over the next few years we can push on and achieve something special.
“I know it has been quite hard over the last year or so but after having conversations with the gaffer. Mark Bowen and Brian Carey have come in and I think there is a real scope for us to push on.
“I think it’ll be hard this coming season, but I think we are willing to put in the hard work and hopefully a few more lads will put pen to paper and we can get things going.”
Aside from an 11-game loan spell at Belgian First Divsion B side KSV Roeselare, Holmes has spent his entire career in blue and white. Since breaking into the first-team during the 2020/21 season, the commanding defender has played 71 times, throughout what has been a challenging spell for the club. He is now hoping for a more stable season both and off the pitch.
“I have had a taste of a lot in the short time I have had in professional football, with my loan as well. Hopefully over the next couple of years we can get a bit more steady, get some more consistent form as that is what we are striving to achieve.