READING FC Academy graduates Rob Dickie and Lewis Ward have been sent out on loan.

Dickie has gone to newly-promoted League Two club Lincoln City until January, while ward has signed for National League South side, Hungerford Town until the end of February.

Defender Dickie, 21, has already gained valuable experience while on loan after making more than 50 appearances during two different spells with Cheltenham Town.

He helped the Gloucestershire club clinch promotion to League Two by winning the National League title in 2016 then made 23 appearances during the first half of last season as they secured their status in the division.

Dickie’s solitary appearance for the Reading first-team came in a 3-1 loss at Blackburn Rovers on the last day of the 2015/16 Championship season.

He was a regular in Martin Kuhl’s Royals U23s during the latter part of last season and campaigned the side to the Premier League Cup final.

The ex-England Under 18 international could make his debut for the Imps at Wycombe Wanderers this Saturday.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Ward, 20, as gone to Hungerford on a youth loan deal for his second spell with the West Berkshire outfit.

He too gained valuable experience at Bulpit Lane under Bobby Wilkinson last season following previous loan spells with Icelandic club Fylkir FC and then Margate.

Ward, who signed a new professional contract recently, was part of the Reading team that won the Under 21 Premier League Cup last season.