• Ryan Sheehan

Jude Van Spall signs for First Team

Young Cityzen Jude Van Spall progresses from Under 23s to First Team ahead of the 2020/21 Season.

Here at Reading City Football Club we always love to see our players progressing through the ranks and as a club are committed to providing youngsters with a fantastic pathway into senior football starting with Children aged 4 to 7 on Sunday Mornings at our Development Centre to our Under 18s.

We are therefore delighted to announce that Jude Van Spall, aged only 18 has signed for the First Team progressing from our Under 23s having initially joined the club through our partnership with John Madejski Academy's Football Performance Programme for 16-19 year old boys.

Unlike some of his fellow youngsters, Jude hasn't played for the first team yet. However, Simon Johnson feels now was the right time for the youngster to progress after impressing for the past two seasons whilst playing for our Under 23s.

A big thank you must go to Deano Jones who manages our Under 23s for the hard work he does preparing our youngsters for the first team, we look forward to seeing how Jude progresses next season.

We spoke to First Team Manager Simon Johnson about Jude signing for the first team, here's what he had to say:

"Jude is a player that has really kicked on with the u23’s in the last two seasons and now is the time to progress him through the first team. At 18 he is a fantastic talent. He is a quick and tricky winger that can cause all sorts of problems and he will certainly be getting chances to impress this season within the first team set up!"

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