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Reading swoop for Forest's McCleary

May 16, 2012
By ESPN staff

Reading have made their first signing since securing promotion to the Premier League as Garath McCleary has joined the club on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest.

Garath McCleary Nottingham Forest
PA PhotosGarath McCleary was Nottingham Forest's Player of the Year for 2011-12

McCleary, 25, has agreed a three-year deal to move to the Madejski Stadium, ending his four-year stay at Forest.

The pacy winger became a regular under Steve Cotterill and netted four goals in the club's record 7-3 victory away to Leeds United.

Royals manager Brian McDermott told the club's website: "It's important we have brought a player of Garath's quality through the door. It's an early signing for us, and a great one. We are absolutely delighted to get him.

"He's young, he's got an eye for goal, he's very quick and has got a real energy about him. He wants to work hard and improve and, in all the players we have 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.''