Hendrick joins Royals on loan
Former Claret Jeff Hendrick has today joined Reading from Newcastle United on a season long loan with him no longer part of the first team plans at St. James’ Park.
Hendrick came on and scored with a thirty yard strike on the first Saturday in October last season having replaced Joe Willock during the first half, but following the appointment of Eddie Howe as manager, he played just once more as an 80th minute substitute against Manchester City in December.
Out of the reckoning at Newcastle, he moved on loan to QPR in January. He played on ten occasions for QPR in the Championship but didn’t feature much in the latter weeks of the season.
He returned to Newcastle at the end of the season with two years remaining on his contract but it was clear that he’d be on his way out again and that’s proved to be the case today. Heavily linked with joining his mate Robbie Brady at Preston in the last few days, he’s instead signed for Reading on loan for the whole of the 2022/23 season.
Having completed the signing, Reading manager Paul Ince said: “Jeff is a midfielder I have admired for a long period of time. He has the ability and the experience to play in a number of positions across the midfield, he works hard, he wins the ball back, he can pick a pass and he can score goals too. A player of his experience will prove so important for this club going into the challenge of the Championship this season.”
Now 30, Hendrick made his Football League debut against Burnley as a substitute in the 2010/11 season and moved to Turf Moor towards the end of the summer transfer window in 2016 and was with us for four years. During that time he played in 122 Premier League games.
Often a target for the Burnley crowd, he opted to leave at the end of his contract in 2020; his final appearance coming against Spurs in the last game before the 2019/20 season was suspended. Things started brightly at Newcastle but he has played just 25 Premier League games for them and will now play the next season at Reading.Follow UpTheClarets:
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