Royals midfielder Josh Laurent gave one young Reading FC fan the surprise of a lifetime when he turned up at the youngster's front door.

Alfie Smith was unaware that one of his heroes was planning to surprise him with a pair of football boots after being impressed with his support for the side.

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Members of Laurent's management team contacted Alfie's dad Matt after seeing photos of Alfie in his new Reading FC kit, adorned with Laurent's name and number.

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The midfielder wanted to thank Alfie for his support personally and set up the surprise meeting. 

Alfie told the Reading Chronicle: "Opening the door to see Josh was amazing.

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"I was very surprised and I didn’t know what to say. He’s a lot taller than I thought he was.

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"He’s a very kind man for coming to see me and for giving me a pair of boots.

"It made me very happy.

"The boots are now in my bedroom on my shelf."