Former Hamilton Accies goalkeeper Luke Southwood has signed an extension until the summer of 2023 with English Championship club Reading.

The England youth international spent last season on loan at Brian Rice’s side, making 16 appearances after fighting his way into the number one spot. Veljko Paunović has selected the goalkeeper as his cup stopper this season.

Reading v Luton Town - Carabao Cup Second Round

Signed a new Reading deal. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Reading’s manager said of the former Hamilton star:  “Luke is a fantastic character, a very talented keeper and a patient and positive influence within our first team group who I know will always give his best in every session at Bearwood or in any game he plays.

“A child of this club, he fully deserves this new contract at Reading and I am sure he will grasp this opportunity to challenge for the goalkeeper shirt next season.”

Reading Chief Executive Dayong Pang added, “I am very pleased that Luke has signed this new deal at the club and, as one of nine Academy graduates to make their first team debut this season, he represents more proof of the success of our investment in youth and the time and effort that goes into the development of young talent at Reading Football Club.”

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