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Brooker set to leave Royals and sign for Brentford on a free transfer

Posted on: Wed 29 Jun 2005
Paul Brooker

Winger Paul Brooker will sign for Brentford on a free transfer.

At the close of play on Friday the Royals were still in the process of finalising the necessary paperwork, but there is not expected to be a problem and the deal should be official on Monday.

The 28 year-old had one year remaining on his Madejski Stadium contract, but was made available on a free by Steve Coppell after the winger was told he would not feature much in the next campaign.

He will sign a three-year deal at Griffin Park.

Director Of Football Nick Hammond told readingfc.co.uk, "Paul did a good job for us and the manager had a conversation with him when he was told he would not be a regular starter.

"We gave him the option to go, he's got an opportunity at Brentford and we wish him all the best."

Bees boss Martin Allen told brentfordfc.co.uk, "I believe he will add a more creative feel to our team. He can play on either wing, is two-footed, he has good quality in the final third and he will definitely be an asset to this club.

"Once again there was interest from several other clubs and I'm delighted and relieved that he has finally chosen Brentford. This is another positive step forward in the development of Brentford Football Club."

Paul initially moved to Reading on loan from Leicester in February of last year, making 5(6) appearances. He then signed on a permanent free transfer, playing a further 24(10) times in a Reading shirt.

He joins ex-Royals coach Allen at Griffin Park, as well as Adrian Whitbread, who is Allen's number two, and Ricky Newman, who signed for the Bees a couple of weeks ago.

Reading striker Lloyd Owusu has also been heavily linked with a switch to Griffin Park after he was also told he can leave on a free.
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