Reading FC make double signingBy Jonny Fordham
January 31, 2011
Reading have made a double transfer day deadline signing from across the Atlantic Ocean.
Director of football Nick Hammond confirmed to the Reading Post this evening that Canadian under-20 player of the year Ethan Gage and American college star Eric Opsahl have joined until the end of the season.
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Both players are central midfielders and have been snapped up for free, with the option of extending their stay further should they prove to be a hit at Madejski Stadium.
Gage, a former Vancouver Whitecaps player, had been on trial with Royals earlier in the month and the 19-year-old can also play at right-back if needed.
Opsahl, 18, had previously been on loan at AJ Auxerre and comes from St John's University in New York.
Hammond told the Post: “They’re both young and are both for the future.
“Over the last few years I have built up some good contacts in America and we’re looking forward to bringing these two talented players to the club.
“They’re both typical American sportsmen. They’re dedicated and highly professional and should fit in well with the rest of the squad here.
“Again me and the manager feel both these players are of the Reading mould. Overall me and Brian are very happy with what we have done during the window.”
However, Reading did miss out on the signing of Dulwich Hamlets star Paul McCallum, who looks set to join a Premier League side based in London.
Hammond added: "We had agreed a fee with Dulwich, but the player wants to stay in London. You can't win them all."
And finally, striker Nicholas Bignall has joined Brentford on loan until May 1 with two Academy players also moving out.
Centre-back Jack Mills has joined Jacob Walcott on loan at Dutch side Telstar and Michael Hector has joined Irish Premier League side Dundalk - both until the end of the season.