Guthrie: It's an honour to join Reading FCBy Jonny Fordham
July 01, 2012
Danny Guthrie declared that joining Reading on a free transfer from Newcastle United was a great honour.
The 25-year-old midfielder penned a three-year contract at Madejski Stadium and officially becomes a Royal today.
"It feels brilliant to have everything agreed, it is a great honour and I am very excited," said the Liverpool trainee.
"As soon as I met the manager and Nick Hammond my mind was made up, it was a no-brainer. Reading Football Club is a fantastic family club, well run and I'm so excited to be part of something special for this club."
Guthrie becomes manager Brian McDermott's third signing of the summer following the captures of Garath McCleary and Pavel Pogrebnyak, both also Bosman signings.
McDermott said: "We're delighted Danny is signing for us. He's brings good experience at a good age, he has real ability to pass the ball, he's got energy, he's hungry and is what Reading is all about.
"We're looking to add players who we think will be good for us over a number of years, not just next season, adding to the players who have already done fantastically well for us."
Chairman Sir John Madejski commented: "I would like to welcome Danny to Reading Football Club and wish him every success here.
"He is a highly-regarded player and it speaks volumes that he decided to join us here at Reading. He has rightly recognised that these are exciting times to be associated with our club and its potential."
And director of football Hammond added: "Danny is a player we have admired for a long time and we have been aware of him since he first broke into the Premier League at Bolton.
"He has great experience at this level, most recently for a massive club in Newcastle playing in front of big crowds on a regular basis.
"He is a good age, but still has a lot more to come with the best years of his career ahead of him."