The January exodus continued today at Reading FC as two players left the club.
Firstly, Josh Sims has had his season-long loan deal cut short and returned to his parent club Southampton. A signing made under previous manager Paul Clement, the winger made a total of eighteen appearances for the Royals, mostly as a substitute. With Jose Gomes looking to trim the squad and Sims seemingly out of favour, it would make sense for this deal to be cut short, as it would free up another loan deal for the club, bringing in a player the manager actually wants which could be confirmed very soon…
Secondly, veteran midfielder Dave Edwards has also left the club today after his contract was terminated by the club in order to allow him to join his hometown club Shrewsbury Town. The 32-year-old also found himself out of favour at the Madejski, although his absence this season has largely been down to injury. Overall the Welshman made thirty-five appearances for the Royals.
Two players that I am sorry to see leave once again, but Sims never really got a fair crack of the whip at Reading despite impressing in some of his substitute appearances. Edwards is a midfielder with vast experience at this level and always worked hard but you could tell when he played his quality was disappearing with his growing age. I would like to thank both for their hard work for the Royals, and wish them both the best in their future endeavours.