Wayne Bridge has been signed by the Championship club Reading FC. He is the first player to be signed by Reading FC this summer. The English left back has joined the Royals camp on a contract of 1 year.
Bridge’s former club Manchester City released him at the end of the last season.
Queens Park Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion were also interested in signing Bridge, but, Bridge rejected their offers and opted to join Reading.
Bridge had played for Brighton on loan in the last season. He was quite consistent for them throughout the season. He featured for them in a total of 37 matches and found the back of the net 3 times.
Because of Bridge’s consistent performance in the last season, Brighton wanted to sign him on a permanent basis. But, they didn’t succeed in that.
Talking to the reporters after signing for Reading FC, Bridge said, “I am glad to be a part of Reading FC. I talked to Nigel Adkins yesterday and he told me that his main target is to earn promotion in the next season. I felt good after that conversation. He seemed to be quite positive about things.”
“Reading is quite a decent side on paper and if we live up to our potential, there is no reason why we can’t get promoted to the Premier League.”
The director of football at Reading FC, Nick Hammond, has also expressed his happiness over the signing of Bridge. Hammond said, “After the exit of Nicky Shorey and Ian Harte, we were looking for a left back. Wayne was on our radar as he had a great season with Brighton. I am happy that we managed to secure his services. He is a fine addition to the side.”