Little joins Portsmouth
June 20, 2008
Glen Little has turned down a new contract with Reading to join Portsmouth on a one-year deal.
Little made just two appearances for Royals as a substitute last season due to a troublesome Achilles injury as the club suffered relegation from the Premier League.
Manager Steve Coppell had been keen to retain the services of the 32-year-old winger, who was also a target for Championship club Coventry City.
But Little rejected the club’s offer of a new contract and has agreed terms on a switch to join Portsmouth, who as FA Cup winners will be competing in the UEFA Cup next season.
Reading director of football Nick Hammond told the club’s official website: “We offered Glen a new contract, but it appears that the lure of the Premier League and European football proved too strong.”
Little spent four seasons at Madejski Stadium, joining in 2004 on a free transfer from Burnley.
He played a crucial role in Royals’ promotion push during the 2005/06 season, scoring five goals in 35 league appearances.
And he impressed during Reading’s first year in the Premier League, winning praise for his trickery down the right flank and for his crossing ability.