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Forest winger McCleary makes switch to promoted Reading

Reading, newly promoted to the Premier League, have signed winger Garath McCleary from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. The 25 year old, who joined the club in 2008, scored nine goals in 23 appearances for Forest last season.

"It's important that we have brought a player of Garath's quality through the door," said Royals boss Brian McDermott.

"He's young, he's got an eye for a goal, he's very, very quick, he's got a real energy about him," added McDermott

"He wants to work hard and improve and, in all the players we've got here, that is a key attribute. And he's a nice lad, so he'll fit in well with what we're trying to do at this club."

"It's amazing to be at a club like Reading," said McCleary.

"Being a local boy as well, it's the stuff that dreams are made of. I can't wait to pull the Reading shirt on and prove what I can do.

"After helping Forest stay up last season, It's a fantastic achievement for me to now come to a Premier League side, a club with such fantastic support. It's great to be here!"

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