Irish International Paul McShane Confirms Reading Exit

Irish defender Paul McShane has confirmed his departure from Championship side Reading after four years at the Madjeski Stadium.

McShane arrived at Reading from Hull City and was awarded the captaincy following a string of tremendous displays at the heart of the Royals’ defence.

The 33-year old has struggled with injuries over the past couple of seasons and made just five league appearances this campaign as Reading managed to avoid relegation to League One.

McShane, who was capped 33 times for Ireland, confirmed the news on his Instagram account on Wednesday, thanking the fans and explaining that it was a “true honour” to captain the club.

“And that concludes my time with Reading FC,” McShane wrote. “I’d like to thank all the fans for their support over the years. My aim when I came here was to get this club back to the Premier League, and I gave everything to achieve that. We came so close in 16/17 but it wasn’t to be.

“It was a true honour to be captain for 4 years and I’ve learned a lot both on and off the pitch. Thank you all for the memories and I wish the club all the success in the future. Much love, Macca.”

The central defender joins John O’Shea in leaving Reading after the 38-year old confirmed his retirement from the professional game last week.

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