Bray’s Pierce Sweeney moves to Reading
Reading have continued their strong tradition of snapping up Irish youth players by signing 17-year-old Pierce Sweeney from Bray Wanderers.
Sweeney is an Ireland under-18 international and has impressed in his first season at the Carlisle Grounds since joining from Belvedere late last year. The centre-back has made 12 appearances for Bray this season, and has been one of their key players at centre-back.
Sweeney spoke of his delight to Reading’s official website. “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s a big dream of mine and the best moment of my career so far,” he said. “There are a good few Irish connections here, including Brian McDermott, which helped to attract me to the club. There are plenty of players who have come from the League of Ireland and made the step up at this club, breaking into the first team, so it’s something I want to aim for.”
Director of Football Nick Hammond was instrumental in the signing, having kept an eye on Sweeney throughout the Airtricity Premier Division season: “At the age of 17 Pierce is a young player with great potential, and one that we’ve identified and watched over a long period of time. He is entering an excellent environment, and I know he will work extremely hard to try and realise his ambitions. The recruitment of young talent is massively important for us going forward, and after doing well in men’s football in the League of Ireland he will now come into our development group.”
Reading will play in the Barclaycard Premiership this season, but it could be a while before Sweeney makes his Royals debut.