Reading release Irish trio

Noel Hunt pictured with Reading teammates after scoring in an FA Cup tie in January

The Irish contingent at relegated Reading has been slashed after Royals confirmed yesterday Noel Hunt, Ian Harte and Jay Tabb will not have their contracts renewed.

Hunt, Harte and former Ireland U21 international Tabb were in the Reading squad that earned a return to the Premier League 12 months ago but were largely peripheral figures as the Royals went straight back down to the Championship.

“Every one of the players leaving this summer has played in a part in the club’s recent success and on behalf of the club I would like to wish them all well for the future,” said director of football Nick Hammond.

Defender Alex Pearce, who scored on his Republic of Ireland debut in last September’s 4-1 friendly win over Oman, could yet join the exodus after Hammond revealed the club were yet to strike a deal with the player about a new deal.

He added: “We have been speaking to him with regards to his contract throughout the season. Unfortunately, up until this point we have not managed to find a deal which is mutually acceptable to both parties.


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