Date: 10th October 2015 at 8:05pm
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Simon Cox’ second spell at the Mad Stad may well have come to an abrupt end after he was sent on loan to Bristol City until January.

Despite the loan only being until January and the fact that Cox’ contract doesn’t end until the summer, I’d be very surprised to see him in a Reading shirt again.

Since the arrivals of Orlando Sa and Matej Vydra, as well as the rise of Nick Blackman, Cox hasn’t got a look in. In fact, since Clarke’s arrival, Cox has always had to settle for a place on the bench.

Cox came through our academy and made his first start in 2005. He then went on loan to Brentford twice and Northampton before moving to Swindon in 2008. Simon had an impressive goal scoring record there and earned a move to West Brom where he struggled. In 2012, a certain Steve Clarke became the manager of West Brom and he sold Cox to Nottingham Forest.

Former Reading boss Adkins then brought Simon home to the delight of the Royals contingent. He started his second spell at Reading superbly, linking up with Glenn Murray very effectively. However, it was a mixture of Clarke’s arrival and Murray’s departure in January that change everything for Cox. I’m not sure whether it is that Clarke just doesn’t rate him or that Cox doesn’t fit in Steve’s plans.

Whatever the problem, Cox has never had a look in and is yet to score in 2015.

It’ll be good to see Coxy score some goals, aslong as it’s not against us.