Paul Ince made his second signing of the summer, bringing son Tom back to the club on a three-year deal.

The winger joined on loan from Stoke City in January, one month before Ince Sr became interim manager in the February.

Two goals in 15 appearances helped keep the Royals in the Championship, earning himself a Berkshire switch after being released by the Potters.

This followed the news that midfielder Josh Laurent had made the opposite switch, joining Michael O Neil at the Bet365 Stadium on a three-year deal.

Speaking to the club media, Head of Football Operations, Mark Bowen, said “An honest, mature and vastly experienced professional, Tom’s drive and determination combined with his undoubted class and ability played an essential part in helping to steer this club away from danger in the final third of 2021-22.

“Working at the same club as his dad, a manager he has played under before, Tom knows precisely what will be expected of him and I am confident he will play an important part in 2022-23 and beyond as a Royal. I’m very pleased he has made a firm commitment to this fantastic club.”

Ince Sr, who committed his future to the Royals by signing a permanent contract earlier in the summer, added: "Thomas is my son. But, importantly, he is a Reading player the moment he arrives at the training ground every morning. His talent has always spoken for itself and he is a very good character to have in your dressing room. He still wants to improve, he still wants to succeed and he proved his worth here at Reading in the latter stages of last season. So I am very pleased he has now committed the next three years of his career to this club.”