Reading announced the signing of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Joe Lumley on a season-long loan for the 2022/23 campaign.

The 27-year-old shot stopper played almost 40 times for the Boro last season as they narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs and reached the FA Cup quarter finals.

Formerly of QPR, he kept 14 clean sheets in what was his most productive year on Teesside.

Speaking on the club website, Head of Football Operations, Mark Bowen, said: “Joe is a goalkeeper of proven pedigree who, despite still being relatively young for a keeper, has more than 150 first team appearances on his CV already.

Reading Chronicle:

After an extensive search and much consideration around the goalkeeping options available to us, we firmly believe Joe will provide vital competition for the no.1 shirt next season and prove an excellent addition to our first team squad. I’m very pleased we have been able to secure his services for 2022-23.”

A problem position for the Royals last season, with then-interim manager Paul Ince using two different keepers in his three month spell and the team using four in total.

Now full-time manager, former England captain Ince added: "The goalkeeping position was a difficult one to solve for this club last season, so it was a priority to add strength in depth to that corner of the dressing room ahead of a brand new challenge in 2022-23. Lumley is a tall, confident, capable young keeper and he will be hungry to stake a claim for the goalkeeper position when he joins us at the start of pre-season training this week.”