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Royals sign Jay Tabb

Posted on: Wed 21 Jan 2009

The Royals have signed 24-year-old midfielder Jay Tabb from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee.

Tabb, a former Ireland under-21 international, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Royals, keeping him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2011.

Jay is Coventry's reigning player of the season, can play anywhere across midfield and has been in the full Ireland squad in the past.

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Chairman Sir John Madejski said, "I would like to welcome Jay to Reading and I am sure his signing will strengthen our squad as we push for an immediate return back up into the Premier League.

"We are entering the crucial final stage of the campaign, and Jay's signing will bolster a squad that has already done well so far this season."

Manager Steve Coppell said, "He is a player I know well, and I am certain he will supplement our squad as we go into this final third of the season."


Jay was born in Tooting and began his footballing career in the youth system at Crystal Palace. He then moved to Brentford and was soon joined by Steve Coppell.

Coppell showed confidence in his ability by using him in the Bees' first team aged just 17, and Tabb went on to flourish under Wally Downes' management at Griffin Park, establishing himself as a first team regular.

In the summer of 2006 his contract with Brentford came to an end and he chose to make the step up to the Championship with Coventry City.

He has made 91(+8) appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring 11 goals. His total career record is 205(+55) games, scoring 36 goals along the way.

He is eligible for selection in our next fixture, the home game with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday 27th January, kick off 8pm.

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