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Icelandic defender Ivar Ingimarsson to leave Reading

Ivar Ingimarsson
Ingimarsson joined Reading from Brentford in 2003

Reading have released defender Ivar Ingimarsson after 282 appearances for the Royals in eight years.

The Iceland international, 33, played every game during the Royals promotion campaign in 2005/6 as well as in their first season in the Premier League.

Former Reading captain Ady Williams described Ingimarsson as a model professional on and off the pitch.

Williams told BBC Berkshire: "You'd get at the least 7 out of 10 displays from him - but more often an eight or nine.

Williams continued: "Ivar will go down as a Reading legend."

Ingimarsson was Steve Coppell's first signing as Reading manager, costing £100,000 from Wolves in October 2003.

He was a calming influence and you couldn't help being calm around him

Former captain Ady Williams

He partnered Ibrahima Sonko throughout the Championship title winning season, forming an outstanding partnership and earned praise for his calmness and leadership qualities.

Capped 30 times by his country, Ingimarsson continued to play a big part in the club's first ever season in the Premier League, playing every minute of the league campaign to help Reading to their highest ever league position of eighth and winning the club's player of the year award.

However injuries took their toll and the defender was ruled out for lengthy spells after knee and hamstring injuries.

"He was a calming influence and you couldn't help being calm around him," Williams, who played with him at Reading, continued.

"He was club captain, a big fans' favourite and influential both on and off the pitch."

Among the new contracts offered by the club include deals for winger Hal Robson-Kanu and a new one-year deal to Ingimarsson's Icelandic compatriot Brynjar Gunnarsson.

England youth internationals Jack Mills and Jacob Walcott, along with Canadian U20 captain Ethan Gage, Michael Hector and Simon Locke have also been offered new deals.

Youngsters Charlie Losasso, Nick, Arnold, John Goddard, Angus MacDonald, Carl McHugh and Gozie Ugwu will sign professional terms after coming through the club's academy.

Joining Ingimarsson in departing Reading are striker David Mooney, who spent the season on-loan at Colchester United, along with American youngster Erik Opashi and youngsters James Rowe, Danny Joyce and Abdulai Bell-Baggie.



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see also
Reading will rebound - McDermott
31 May 11 |  Reading
Wait carries on for Ingimarsson
29 Jul 10 |  Reading
Ingimarsson signs new Royals deal
15 May 10 |  Reading
Reading wait on Ingimarsson news
12 Feb 09 |  Reading


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