With pre-season just around the corner and the re-opening of the transfer window in less than a week, there are many former Royals on the look-out for new clubs. 

As many as 12 have been confirmed as released by their previous clubs, whilst  many more are suspected to be but have not yet been confirmed.

Let's take a look at them.


League Two

Ryan East- Swindon Town

An academy graduate in Berkshire, the 23-year-old made one appearance for the first team in two years as a professional- becoming the 50th player to come up through the academy to make their debuts.

Released in 2021, he went tothe nearby Robins and played 23 times as Ben Garner's team lost in the play-off semi-final's to Port Vale before being let go at the County Ground.


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Joseph Mills- Northampton Town

Another to have lost in the fourth tier play-offs, 32-year-old Mills is at the other end of his career from East as he has racked up more than 300 career appearances since his Southampton debut in 2008.

A 2011/12 Championship winner with Reading, he played just 16 matches before joining Burnley in 2013.

He ran out 20 times for the Cobblers last season but has been released from Sixfields after two years.


League One

Olly Pendlbury and Andre Burley- Wycombe Wanderers

Academy pair Pendlebury and Burley played a combined four times for Reading until their release in 2021 and 2020 respectively before going on to make 13 combined for the Chairboys in League One. 

Both still only 20 and 22, they have got long careers ahead of them.


Brandon Mason- MK Dons

A tenuous link, full-back Mason played a handful of matches for Reading Under-23s on trial last season as Veljko Paunovic tried to find a replacement for AFCON-bound Baba Rahman.

Not doing enough to earn a contract in Berkshire, he was taken on by Liam Manning in March 2022 but was released without making a single appearance.


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Angus MacDonald- Rotherham United

Another who never made an appearance in the first team for the Royals, centre-back MacDonald spent four years in the youth set-up before embarking on five loan spells away from the-then Madejski Stadium.

Working his way up the pyramid, he has been a regular with sides such as Barnsley and Torquay, most recently with the Millers since 2020.

The 29-year-old has been let go from the Yorkshire side after almost 50 appearances.


Tom Ince- Stoke City

Well-known to Reading fans, the winger spent the second half of last season on loan with the Royals, playing predominantly under his dad, Paul.

He scored two in 15 after netting five in 15 for the Potters in the first half of the campaign but has since been let go from the Bet365 Stadium.

With the former England international now the full-time manager at the SCL Stadium, it would be no surprise to see the former Blackpool star return to RG2 ove the summer.


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Sean Morrison and Leandro Bacuna- Cardiff City

Both spending a few years in Berkshire, both left  with varying success post-Royals.

Defender Morrison made more than 40 appearances for Reading but spent eight uyears with the Bluebirds making almost 300 appearances, holding the captain's armband for the majority.

Bacuna played almost 70 times for Reading, and was a regular in two of his three years in Wales- making over 100 appearances before falling out of favour this season.

Still in their early 30s, they can both still offer a lot to potential clubs.

Andy Carroll- West Brom

Similar to Ince, former Englasnd international Carroll spent part of last season in Berkshire.

Two goals in eight for the 33-year-old was a reasonable return as he brought a noticeable boost to the dressing room and fanbase.

Three strikes in 15 for the Baggies was acceptable form, but not enough for Steve Bruce who has sent the goal getter packing.


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Premier League

Alfie Mawson and Michael Hector- Fulham

Runaway Championship winners last season were always going to make wholesale changes to their squad ahead of their Premier League campaign- and two Royals academy graduates are feeling the effects of it.

Alfie Mawson never made an appearance for the club but has gone on to have a solid career in the Championship and Premier League with Barnsley and Swansea City.

He played just three times for Marco Silva's Cottagers this season and is now to look for a new club.

Hector spent six years with Reading and was shipped out on 11 different loan spells, before going on to play over 60 times.

Departing for Chelsea, he has since had spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City before arriving at Craven Cottage in 2020.

With a Championship winners medal, he now has another summer to find a new club.