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By ESPN Staff

Shorey signs new three-year Reading deal

Reading left-back Nicky Shorey has signed a new three-year contract after helping the Royals win their place in the Premiership.

The 25-year-old defender had 12 months left on his previous deal, and Reading were keen to commit him to a longer stay at the Madejski Stadium.

Director of football Nick Hammond welcomed the former Leyton Orient player's decision to sign.

'We are absolutely delighted,' said Hammond.

'Nicky has shown over the past five years that he is an outstanding footballer - and he's an important part of our plans for the Premiership.

'We have seen even at international level that quality left-backs are very hard to come by and we are confident that, as Nicky steps into the Premier League, a wider audience will begin to appreciate his talents and bring him further recognition.'

Shorey was a £25,000 signing from Orient in 2001 and has since made 218 appearances for Reading, being voted into the 2005-06 PFA Championship team of the season as the Berkshire side topped the table.

Chairman John Madejski said: 'We have every confidence in his ability to be a big success in the Premiership and believe he is more than capable of performing at the very highest level.'