Gunter joins Reading revolution

  • Last Updated: July 17 2012, 19:21 BST

Nottingham Forest right-back Chris Gunter has become Reading's second signing of the day.

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Chris Gunter

2. Chris Gunter

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After announcing the signing of Watford centre-back Adrian Mariappa earlier, Wales international Gunter has completed his move to the Royals.

The former Cardiff and Tottenham full-back joins from Forest for an undisclosed fee, although Reading say they have made a "sizeable outlay" for the 22-year-old.

Gunter has penned a three-year contract at the Madejski Stadium, with the option for a further year.

"Having spoken to the manager, [director of football] Nick Hammond and now the chairman today, everyone has made me feel really welcome and I'm really looking forward to this opportunity," Gunter said.

"If you form a team spirit, a togetherness, you'll always do well in football - and if you work hard you'll get your rewards.

"Reading have certainly done that in the last few years. Hopefully that can carry on.

"Right now, I need to focus on impressing everyone at this club and I'm really excited to get going."

Gunter becomes the Royals' sixth summer signing, following the additions of Mariappa, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Nicky Shorey, Danny Guthrie and former Forest team-mate Garath McCleary.

Reading manager Brian McDermott is pleased with his latest acquisition and believes he epitomises the good work the club have done since promotion.

"I'm absolutely delighted that Chris has signed," he said.

"He was very, very keen to come to us and is another player who is young and very hungry.

"He's already played more than 200 games at club level, plus another 37 for his country, which is phenomenal for someone so young.

"Chris already knows our club well, he is very close to Garath McCleary, knows our Welsh players and I also know he met many of our squad over the summer too.

"With all the players we have brought in this summer they will improve and get better, and the most important thing is their hunger and desire.

"With all the business we've done this summer we think we've improved the quality in the squad considerably."