Reading are among the early pace setters for promotion according to the bookies.

Finishing 22nd last season, above Blackpool and Wigan Athletic, the club have lost 12 first team players and are yet to hire a replacement for boss Paul Ince.

Lining up in the third tier for the first time since 2002, many supporters have never seen the Royals below the Championship.

With two League One sides still to be decided in the play-offs, either Sheffield Wednesday or Barnsley and Stockport County or Carlisle United, very little can be read into the early odds.

However, many are expecting a good return to form for the club as only four teams have better odds for promotion.

According to SkyBet, Reading are 10/3 to be promoted next season.

Derby County lead the way at 15/8, followed by Bolton Wanderers, Peterborough United and Portsmouth.

Near-neighbours Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United have the slimmest odds at 13/2 respectively.