Gunnarsson extends Royals stay

Veteran midfielder signs new deal till next summer

Gunnarsson: Spending a seventh year at the Madejski

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Reading have confirmed they have retained the services of experienced midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson on a one-year contract.

The 35-year-old was offered a new deal at the end of the season and the Iceland international has now put pen to paper.

Gunnarsson played 15 games last season and has now racked up 158 appearances for the Royals since signing from Watford in July 2005, scoring 10 goals.

After arriving in England with Stoke in 1999, Gunnarsson left for Nottingham Forest in 2003 before joining Watford the following summer.

As well as his experience, the 74-cap international showed his versatility last season by playing in midfield, at right-back and - during the 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Manchester City - at centre-back.

Brian McDermott went on to lead the Royals to the Championship play-off final, losing to Swansea, and the Reading boss sees Gunnarsson as a valuable asset as he aims to go one better next term.