Reading have confirmed the arrival of midfielder Sam Hutchinson following his release from Sheffield Wednesday.

The 32-year-old has spent the summer on trial with the Royals, even captaining the side when Andy Yiadom has been subbed off.

A veteran with more than 200 Championship appearances, he has been a mainstay during the pre-season, penning a two-year contract.

Manager Paul Ince said, “Sam is a player who knows this division inside out and, in training with us during the last few weeks, he has shown me and my coaching staff all we needed to see. Capable of playing at the back or in midfield, he is a true competitor on the pitch - committed in every challenge, hungry for the ball and, importantly, he is a winner. He has earned this new opportunity and I’m sure he will be a real asset to this group of player."

Head of Football Operations, Mark Bowen, added: “Sam has been a model professional since arriving at the club towards the end of last month to train with our first team group. He was quickly identified as a positive influence within the squad and a player we wanted to keep at the club and I am very pleased that we have been able to agree a deal which will see him pull on the blue and white hoops this season and next.”