Cork midfield ace Meyler joins Reading with a view to returning to the top flight

Cork midfield ace Meyler joins Reading with a view to returning to the top flight
David Meyler is off to Reading. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

CORK'S Republic of Ireland international David Meyler has joined Reading on a two-year deal with the option of a third year, and the move will be completed when his current deal at Hull ends at the end of June.

The 29-year-old was out of contract this summer after Hull, where he has spent the last five-and-a-half years, decided not to take up an option to extend his stay.

Meyler revealed his resentment at how he was informed through Hull's press officer that he would not be staying at the KCOM Stadium and how he was relishing a new challenge.

"I'm delighted. I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead. As I've said, I'm looking for ambition and the manager outlined that to me and I wanna get this club promoted," he said.

"The focus is to get back to the Premier League and that's what I'm here to do."

Reading manager Paul Clement is thrilled to have Meyler's qualities at the club.

“I am very happy to welcome David to the club as our second signing of the summer," Clement said. 

"He comes here with a lot of experience at this level but also the level above and with his ability and his leadership qualities, David is going to add a lot to our squad. At the end of last season, I felt it was important to bring in a player of David's profile. 

"And when I met with him, I got a real sense of his ambition to play at the highest level again. And, together, we'll be fighting to push this club forward."

The 29-year-old follows Barnsley skipper Andy Yiadom through the doors at the Madejski Stadium and could be soon joined by former Irish team-mate John O'Shea, who Sky Sports News understands has also agreed to join the Championship club.

David Meyler watches the Cork hurlers, who are managed by his dad John, in action against Clare. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
David Meyler watches the Cork hurlers, who are managed by his dad John, in action against Clare. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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