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Reading sign Scunthorpe United's Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams
Williams made 196 appearances for Scunthorpe

Reading have signed left-back Marcus Williams from fellow Championship side Scunthorpe United on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old, whose contract with the Iron was due to expire, has signed a three-year deal with the Royals.

Reading boss Brian McDermott told the club website: "Scunthorpe offered a good deal but he was keen to come here.

"There was interest from other clubs but Marcus didn't speak with anyone else. He made his decision and felt we were the right club."

McDermott continued: "We are really pleased to get him. He's got good pace, he's young, but has played a lot of game already in his career."

Williams joined Scunthorpe as a trainee and made 196 appearances for the Iron.

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"I'm delighted to sign for such a big club with real potential," he said. "I'm really happy, so are my family, and I can't wait to get started.

"I've known about the interest only for a couple of weeks and it was fascinating news, I was delighted to get the call.

"As soon as I met the manager I knew this was the right place, this is where I want to be and I'm excited. He has really helped me feel welcome, which is nice, especially when you're coming down from home.

"It's pleasing to know the manager is willing to support you in every way, on and off the pitch and I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and helping Reading to get results."

Meanwhile, Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici has been named in Australia's provisional 31-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa.



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