Reading have completed the signing of Joseph Mills, the younger brother of former captain Matt, from Southampton on a one-year deal.
The 21-year-old will provide Royals boss Brian McDermott with options down the left flank, as he is equally adept at full-back and in midfield.
Reading have the option to extend the deal by a further 12 months if they are happy with his progress.
Mills trained with his team-mates for the first time on Monday and will now set his sights on breaking into the side.
He has previously enjoyed loan spells at Scunthorpe and Doncaster, where he was sent to further his development as a footballer.
In last season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, he excelled and earned a host of plaudits for his performance from various quarters