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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 June, 2005, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Reading complete double Cork deal
Republic of Ireland Under-21 forward Kevin Doyle
Doyle scored seven times for Cork this season
Reading have completed the signings of Cork City striker duo Kevin Doyle and Shane Long for an undisclosed fee.

Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Doyle, 21, and Under-19 international Long, 18, have both signed two-year contracts.

Royals director of football Nicky Hammond said: "I am confident Kevin will have a big impact on our Championship challenge next season.

"Shane is a raw talent who we hope will reach his potential in his time here."

Reading beat Stoke, Burnley and Charlton to the signature of Doyle, who has scored seven goals for Cork City this season.

He signed off with a brace in his farewell appearance, a 2-0 win over Finn Harps on 6 June.

Long made only a handful of appearances for Cork's first team, but will be eligible to play for Reading's youth academy next season.

The director of Reading's academy is Eamon Dolan, brother of Pat Dolan, the manager who brought Doyle to Cork.


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