29 year old Jamaican International and Reading FC player Garath McCleary has inked a new 3 and a half year deal that will keep the winger at the Royals until the summer of 2020.
McCleary who has 3 goals in 24 appearances for the Reggae Boyz says he is delighted to continue with the club he joined back in 2012.
“I am over the moon. I am really happy to sign with Reading for an extended time. I just want to say thank you to the Gaffer (Jaap Stam) as he is a major reason for me wanting to stay here and continue at Reading. It is great to commit my future here, I am happy and my family are settled here so it is a good thing for sure.”
McCleary scored one goal and had three assists for Jamaica as he helped Jamaica reach the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015. The 6 footer who made his debut for Jamaica in a 0-0 draw against Mexico at the Azteca in 2013 says he is now focused on his next goal.
“Things have been going fantastic at the club. The next aim for me and the players is to secure a spot in the playoffs. Aiming to get back to the Premier League is our next aim and that is what we are focused on doing.”
Reading are currently 4th in the English Championship and would need to finish between 3rd and 6th to secure a spot in the playoffs.
The last time Reading FC was in the Premier League was in the 2012-13 season which included four Jamaican internationals. It included Adrian Mariappa, Shaun Cummings, Jobi McAnuff (Captain) and Garath McCleary.