Reading have announced the signing of former Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge on a free transfer.
The former England International has recently spent time on loan at fellow Championship side Brighton, and the Royals have beaten off competition from the Seagulls and Queens Park Rangers to seal his signature.
The full back moves to the Madejski Stadium on a one-year contract, and is the only recognised left back in the Royals squad after the release of Ian Harte, Nicky Shorey and Joseph Mills, who has joined Burnley.
Bridge featured for Brighton in almost every game last season, in their eventual playoff loss to Crystal Palace. He has featured almost 400 times during his playing career, and recently featured in the Championship team of the season.
In an interview on the Reading official website, Bridge stated:
“I’m delighted be signing for Reading and excited to be joining a team that is going to be looking for promotion next season,”
“Reading look like a team who are capable of getting back into the Premier League, a team that works hard for each other,”
“That is something I want to be a part of and I’m really looking forward to next season.”
The defender becomes Nigel Adkins first signing as manager of Reading, and he could follow this with a move for AC Horsens midfielder Martin Spellman.