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Reading continue summer spending spree, sign Adrian Mariappa from Watford

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The Royals have continued their exciting run in the summer transfer window by signing talented center-back Adrian Mariappa from Watford today. The 25-year-old defender has inked a three-year contract with the club, and will travel with his new teammates for the Royals' pre-season training camp in Portugal on Wednesday.

While the transfer fee has not been disclosed, Reading have specified it as 'significant', and no doubt see Mariappa breaking into the first eleven pretty soon.

Manager Brian McDermott shared, "I'm delighted to get the deal to sign Aidy over the line, we have been chasing him all summer. He's been a very important player for Watford over a number of years, he is well known to most of our players already and also the staff here. Every single person I have spoken to has nothing but good things to say about him both as a player and as a person."

Adrian added, "It's a great feeling to have signed. The Premier League is the best in the world, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to come here, try to work my way into the team and perform for Reading Football Club."

The Jamaican international has been a one-club man at Watford, playing almost 250 games for the Hornets after coming through the ranks at Vicarage Road under the tutelage of Nigel Gibbs, Chris Cummins and David Dodds, who are of course now all part of the Reading staff.

For a relatively young man he has great experience, including knowledge of the Premier League. He has played 30 or more games in each of the last five seasons and is exceptionally dependable.

From 2009 to 2011 he played 113 consecutive games for the Hornets, the fourth longest run in the club's history. Last season he was vice captain at Vicarage Road, and skippered their youth and reserve teams earlier in his career. He was named his club's Player of the Season in May, and although primarily a central defender, he can also play at full back.