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Reading centre back completes permanent transfer away

Reading centre back Niall Keown has completed a permanent switch to Partick Thistle. The 22-year-old impressed whilst on loan with the Ladbrokes Premiership side last season, now penning a two-year deal with The Jags.

Keown makes the move for an undisclosed fee after linking up with Alan Archibald’s side midway through the previous campaign. He was part of the team which achieved their highest finish in the Scottish leagues for 36 years. Niall is the son of former Arsenal and England defender Martin.

In total, he played 14 times for his new side last season, clearly leaving a lasting impression. On the official Reading website, the club revealed how ‘extremely proud’ they were for another one of their academy graduates to make another significant step in their career. Ryan Edwards, who also came through the ranks at Reading, is also on the books of Partick too.

Keown made his first-team debut for the Royals in 2015 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Under then manager Steve Clarke, the defender then started his only league game for the club in an away clash against Watford. He has found it hard to establish himself in the first-team at the Madejski Stadium, mainly because of the quality of individual ahead of him in the pecking order.

Partick may have been only a couple of places behind St Johnstone, who occupied the final UEFA Europa League qualification place, they were sixteen points away. The addition of Keown will surely help them defensively over the course of the season as they look to continue their upward curve.

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