Garath McCleary admits there was a connection with Reading which convinced him about a move to the Madejski stadium.

Reading's attempts to sign former Nottingham Forest midfielder McCleary were helped by the fact that manager Brian McDermott has known about the 25-year-old's talents for a while.

The pair both passed through Slough Town - McDermott as a manager and McCleary as a player - and the winger obviously made a lasting impression on Royals' boss.

"I know Brian McDermott was at Slough as well, in fact, he spoke about it the day I signed for Reading. He said he's known me since I was a youngster and had been following me for ages," McCleary told the Reading Chronicle.

"I suppose I've come a long way since those non-league days if I'm honest."