Kitson signs Royals deal

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Reading have handed a new long-term contract to striker Dave Kitson.

The 27-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a new three-year deal at The Madejski Stadium.

Kitson follows hot on the heels of manager Steve Coppell - who committed his future to Reading on Monday.

"This is an extremely important signing for us because we have no doubt that Dave Kitson is fully capable of scoring goals at the highest level, which is a very valuable commodity and one that is difficult to find," director of football Nick Hammond told the club's website.

"We are confident that Dave will show those qualities over the remainder of this campaign and going into next season."

Kitson, who has been with Reading for three-and-half years after signing from Cambridge United, has only just returned to action after damaging knee ligaments on the opening day of the Premiership season, after he had bagged the Royals' opening goal of the campaign.