Reading FC star midfielder John Swift has confirmed his exit from Berkshire after sealing a move to rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The Royals' top scorer for 2021/22 leaves RG2 on a free after his contract expired.

Swift joins Championship rivals West Bromwich Albion on a three-year deal.

Penning an emotional goodbye message to Reading FC fans, he said: "6 amazing years at this club that I will cherish forever, it’s impossible to thank everyone involved with my time here but I’m going to give it a go 💙 

"To the fans, I hope I have done enough for you all to look back at my time at the club with fond memories and know that I gave it my all every time I wore the shirt, there was ups and downs, there was injuries and a hat trick along the way 😉 but my time at this has made me the player I am today and I can’t thank the fans enough for supporting through all.

"To the staff, just wanna say thank you to you all as we know I spent probably to long in the physio room 😅 but even when the bad times came, you were all there to keep my head up and push me to get back fitter than ever! So thank you all for everything.

"To the team, it’s been a pleasure to be a team mate of everyone I’ve shared the pitch with, so many of you will be friends for life and I really hope you all enjoyed playing along side me as much as I did you."