Doyle signs new Royals deal

Striker happy to end transfer speculation

Doyle: Staying put

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Kevin Doyle has handed Reading a massive boost by signing a new deal at the Madejski Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland international's future at Reading has been the subject of speculation ever since the Royals suffered relegation from the Premier League last season.

A number of clubs have been linked with the talented striker, but Doyle has moved to end the rumours by signing a contract extension which will keep him at Reading until 2011.

The 25-year-old was delighted to sign the new deal and put an end to rumours over his future.


"I am delighted to have signed this new deal," Doyle told the club's official website.

"I've had ongoing discussions with [chief executive] Nick Hammond and over the last couple of weeks we have come to an agreement that is right for both me and the club.

"I have had great support from the chairman and everyone at the club since I arrived from Ireland three and a half years ago, and I take enormous pride in playing for Reading Football Club.

"This sense of achievement, as with all the players and staff, was dented on relegation, and I hope that signing this new deal will take away speculation surrounding my own future and allow me to focus totally on achieving my own and the club's ambition of returning to the Premier League at the end of the season."

Royals chairman John Madejski hailed the signifcance of the new deal for Doyle.

"We are thrilled that Kevin has shown his commitment to our cause by signing this new contract," said Madejski.

"The fact that he has signed is a clear statement of our 100% commitment to reclaiming a place in the Premier League, and I am sure that Reading fans will be absolutely delighted with this news."