Kevin Doyle signs Reading contract extension

Reading striker Kevin Doyle has agreed a contract extension to tie him to the Madejski stadium until 2011.

The 25-year-old, currently joint top scorer in the Championship on 11 goals, was a summer target for Aston Villa who continued to monitor his progress.

But the Ireland international plans to stick with the Royals and hopes a new deal and a settled future will help him fire them straight back into the Premier League.

Doyle said: "I am delighted to have signed this new deal. I've had ongoing discussions with Nick Hammond and over the last couple of weeks we have come to an agreement that is right for both me and the Club.

"I have had great support from the Chairman and everyone at the Club since I arrived from Ireland three and a half years ago, and I take enormous pride in playing for Reading Football Club.

"This sense of achievement, as with all the players and staff, was dented on relegation, and I hope that signing this new deal will take away speculation surrounding my own future and allow me to focus totally on achieving my own and the Club's ambition of returning to the Premier League at the end of the season."

Director of Football Nick Hammond said, "I am very pleased that Kevin has put pen to paper on this deal. He is a model professional and, more importantly, an outstanding individual. He has grown since arriving at Reading to become a top Premier League striker who is now an integral part of the Republic of Ireland national team.

"It is fantastic news for the Club and the supporters, and a sign of his character, that he has committed to helping Reading Football Club achieve the task of reclaiming Premier League status as soon as possible."?

Chairman John Madejski added, "We are thrilled that Kevin has shown his commitment to our cause by signing this new contract. The fact that he has signed is a clear statement of our 100% commitment to reclaiming a place in the Premier League, and I am sure that Reading fans will be absolutely delighted with this news."?

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