Reading's key men
Five of the best for the newly promoted Royals
Last Updated: April 17, 2012 11:12pm
Reading are back in the big time with their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday confirming their return to the Premier League after a four-year absence.
It completes a remarkable turnaround for the Royals, who were second bottom of the Championship in September with just four points after six games.
But six successive wins, including a 3-1 win at promotion rivals Southampton last week, have secured a top flight return.
Sky Sports.com looks at five key players who helped them get back to the big time.
The Australian international has been an ever-present in the Reading goal this season. The 27-year-old has kept an impressive 19 clean sheets in the league this term and went 490 minutes without conceding a goal earlier in the campaign. Made a brilliant penalty save as the Royals beat Brighton 1-0 last week.
The former Leeds man is preparing for a top flight return 16 years after his Premier League debut. The 34-year-old Irishman scored a pressure penalty at West Ham last month and his wealth of experience has driven Reading's promotion charge.
Gorkss was brought in by Brian McDermott in August to replace outgoing club captain Matt Mills. The Latvia captain came in with Reading in the relegation zone but the experience the 30-year-old gained in helping QPR make the same step last season has helped the Royals.
The 23-year-old has risen through the ranks at the Madejski Stadium and he has played an important role in Reading's midfield this season. Born in London, his mother is English but he has represented Turkey up to under-21 level.
Reading are blessed with a talented trio of strikers in Noel Hunt, Adam Le Fondre and Simon Church. But signing 34-year-old Roberts from Blackburn in January has proved a masterstroke. Strong and with a habit of being in the right place to finish chances, Roberts has left Championship defenders battered and bruised, while weighing in with six crucial goals.