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Nicky Shorey returns home to Reading for second spell

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Reading Football Club announced today that defender Nicky Shorey will return to the Royals for the upcoming season. The left back, who played 286 games for the Royals in a seven-year spell from 2001 to 2008, and was voted by the fans as the best left back in the club's history, has signed a one-year deal with the additional option of a second season.

The Essex-born defender, who has spent the last six years in the Barclays Premier League with more than 150 top flight appearances under his belt, trained with the Royals again this morning, back on very familiar ground at Hogwood Park. He will take squad number 3.

Chairman Sir John Madejski said, "I would like to welcome Nicky back to Reading Football Club, he was an outstanding player here once before and we are looking forward to him triumphing even more this time around. I know the manager was very keen to have Nicky back, that makes a huge difference and so good luck to him once again."

Nicky, 31 last February, came to Reading from Leyton Orient in 2001 when Brian McDermott was Chief Scout to Alan Pardew, and went on to become a full England international during his time at Madejski Stadium, playing in England's very first game at the new Wembley against Brazil. 'Shorey for England' had become a regular cry from the Reading supporters.

He is one of only a handful of players to have won two promotions with Reading, and when he moved to Aston Villa in 2008, only Graeme Murty had played more games for Reading at Madejski Stadium.

Nicky could now make his second debut for the club in their first pre-season friendly of the summer away to AFC Wimbledon this coming weekend.