JACK Stacey signed a new deal with Reading FC on Monday and admitted: ‘It’s a dream come true.’

The Royals Academy graduate, above, penned a contract until summer 2019 after breaking into Steve Clarke’s first team last season.

The powerful winger, a former Windsor Boys School pupil, beamed: “It’s a great feeling. I’ve been at this club since I was nine years old, and to get another three-and-a-half years is a dream come true.”

He added: “I’ve just come back from injury so I want to get back into training and learn from the players that are doing so well.

“I want to show the manager what I can do. He is really good with the young lads, he speaks to us a lot.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are – if you’re good enough, you’ll play at this club. That’s a great factor in being here.”

Meanwhile, Reading FC Women secured the FA Women’s Super League 2 title on the final day of the season by beating Aston Villa 3-2 in Sutton Coldfield.

Leading second-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles on goal-difference, Royals knew that if they could make the Belles’ result against Millwall they would be crowned as champions. The South Yorkshire side ultimately won their fixture 4-0, meaning that Reading had to keep their end of the bargain.

It took Royals until the 44th minute to break the deadlock through Harriett Scott before second-half goals from Helen Ward and Bianca Bragg.

Villa hit back with goals from Alicia Robinson and Tash Baptiste, but Reading held on to claim the trophy.

Royals captain Kirsty McGee said: “We’ve already shown we can compete with the best up there.

"I think with the squad that we have got we can only go one way and get better and better.”

“We are now one of the top teams in the country and next season we want to compete at the highest level.”