Reading sign Ferdinand

  • Last Updated: August 11 2014, 17:13 BST

Reading have signed former West Ham and QPR centre-back Anton Ferdinand on a two-year deal.

Anton Ferdinand: Joined Championship club Reading
Anton Ferdinand: Joined Championship club Reading

The defender, who most recently played with Turkish side Antalyaspor, has made over 300 professional career appearances, which have also taken in a spell at Sunderland.

The 29-year-old brother of former England captain Rio Ferdinand said on his new club's website: "It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading.

"I've been away from English football for a year and had some tough times. Turkey is a fantastic place to go and play football, but certain things off the field didn't allow me to enjoy my football.

"That chapter is closed now, and I've opened a new chapter at Reading and I'm looking forward to it.

"I've got things to prove, to myself and everyone. A lot of people have written me off and doubted me because I've been away for a year, but I'm here to prove to people that I can offer a lot to English football.

"I want to offer what I can to Reading, and hopefully that means promotion."

Former England Under-21 player Ferdinand played in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium for West Ham in 2006, when they lost to Liverpool on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins said of his transfer business: "I'd like to officially welcome Anton to the club, we're pleased to have signed three players in the last few days with him, Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie. I know they will all add to what is a very hard-working group of players."