Pearce and Karacan locked in Reading FC contract talksBy Jonny Fordham
September 13, 2012
Academy protégés Alex Pearce and Jem Karacan are locked in talks to secure their long-term futures at Reading.
Pearce, who scored on his Republic of Ireland debut on Tuesday night, and Karacan, a Turkey hopeful, both have less than 12 months to run on their current deals.
Centre-back Pearce, 23, has started both of Royals’ opening Premier League games this season and is seen as a future club captain at Madejski Stadium.
And Karacan, 23, fit again after breaking his ankle last season, is another player who is a shining light of Reading’s excellent youth set-up.
“Talks with Jem are progressing well, so we’re hopeful of getting that resolved soon,” director of football Nick Hammond said.
“We’re also speaking with Pearcey and it’s fantastic news about his Republic of Ireland call-up this week.
“It’s great to have these players come through our academy and then represent the first-team in the Premier League.
“It’s important we secure their services to the club, but as always the deal has to be right for everyone.
“We’ve said for the last 10 years how vital it is we bring players through the academy and these guys are both prime examples of that good work.
“I remember bringing Pearcey to the club from Oxford as a teenager and Jem has been with us for a long period of time too.”
Striker Simon Church, who returns from international duty with Wales today, is also in talks over a new deal.
Although the 23-year-old has yet to feature under manager Brian McDermott this season, Championship sides Huddersfield and Ipswich Town are both keen on doing a loan deal.
However, Church has been told that he will need to agree a new contract at Madejski Stadium before the club entertains offers for him.
And Hammond added: “Churchy is another player who we are looking to tie down to us.
“I know that he can score goals at this level, but with him not in the team at the moment, he does need game time too.”