Reading duo ink new deals

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Reading have been handed a boost with news of Icelandic duo Brynjar Gunnarsson and Ivar Ingimarsson both signing contract extensions.

Gunnarsson's deal binds him to the Premiership new boys until the summer of 2008, whilst Ingimarsson's is for a further year.

Royals boss Steve Coppell has moved quickly to secure the services of two players who played integral roles in last season's title winning campaign and thus far this term, they have not let their taskmaster down in the top flight.

The club's director of football Nick Hammond has been quick to pay tribute to the professionalism of both players, delighted that extensions have now been agreed.

"Ivar and Brynjar are both consummate professionals and are fine examples of what Reading Football Club is all about," said Hammond.

"They have made a big impact during their time at Reading and we are delighted that they have both signed new contracts."

Influential stopper Ingimarsson admits that negotiations were an altogether straight forward affair, given his strong desire to stay at The Madejski Stadium.

"This is a place I want to be, to play a part in what Reading is doing," said the 29-year-old.

"The contract is recognition from the club that they have belief in me and think I can perform well in The Premiership, so I am very thankful for that."

Gunnarsson was quick to echo the words of his compatriot, also of the opinion that Reading's ambition can match his own.

He added: "I'm pleased to have been given this contract extension and I'm looking forward to the next year and a half."