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Reading sign Anton Ferdinand

11 August 2014

Reading have completed the signing of Anton Ferdinand on a two-year deal, subject to international clearance.

The defender, who most recently played with Turkish side Antalyaspor, has over 300 professional career appearances, plying his trade in the English leagues for West Ham, Sunderland and QPR.

The 29-year-old said: "It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading. The first thing you feel when you come here is that it's a family environment.

"I've been away from English football for a year and had some tough times. Turkey is a fantastic place to go and play football, but certain things off the field didn't allow me to enjoy my football. That chapter is closed now, and I've opened a new chapter at Reading and I'm looking forward to it.

"I've got things to prove, to myself and everyone. A lot of people have written me off and doubted me because I've been away for a year, but I'm here to prove to people that I can offer a lot to English football. I want to offer what I can to Reading, and hopefully that means promotion." Ferdinand adds to a currently threadbare Royals squad, which is hampered with injuries. Despite this, they started the season with a 2-2 draw at Wigan and they were minutes away from the win, as they conceded an equaliser in the final minute.

The Hammers academy product was a youth international for England up to the under-21s and he played in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium for the Upton Park outfit in 2006, when they lost to Liverpool on penalties.

A delighted Reading manager, Nigel Adkins, added: "I'd like to officially welcome Anton to the club, we're pleased to have signed three players in the last few days with him, Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie. I know they will all add to what is a very hard-working group of players."

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