Former Birmingham City defender Michael Morrison has signed for Reading as confirmed on their official website.

The centre back has signed for the Royals on a permanent two-year-deal after rejecting Blues’ offer of a new contract this summer.

The 31-year-old arrives at the Madejski Stadium with a wealth of experience having accumulated over 500 appearances in English football.

He is contracted at Reading until 2021 and along with his experience he brings leadership and a commanding presence following him being given the captain’s armband whilst at Birmingham City.

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Morrison has also had spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic where he helped the Addicks win promotion in his first season as they returned to the Championship as title-winners following a 2011/12 where he was also named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

In four-and-a-half years with the Blues he made 183 appearances in all competitions and scored 15 goals much of which was done with the armband having been appointed as skipper at the start of the Blues’ 2015-16 campaign.

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The chief executive of Reading expressed his delight at the transfer of the defender. “It was important we bolstered the defensive options available to José and, a two-time title winner who has captained a club in the Championship for the last four campaigns, Michael will be key in achieving a successful balance between youth and experience at Reading. I am very pleased to welcome Michael to our club.”

Many Birmingham City fans were disappointed now to retain Morrison at the end of the last campaign and their loss will now surely be Reading’s gain as someone with his experience will aid them in their upcoming Championship campaign.

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