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The left-back agrees a one-year contract to become Nigel Adkins's first signing as Royals boss, expressing his delight at joining a club who will challenge for promotion

Reading has announced the signing of former England international Wayne Bridge on a free transfer from Manchester City.

The left back, who spent the season on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion, was identified by QPR manager Harry Redknapp as a priority signing this summer, with the Rs boss threatening to quit if he was not backed in the transfer market; however, recently relegated Reading has moved quickly to beat other suitors to the defender's signature, with Bridge expressing his enthusiasm at taking the option to join the Royals in their push for promotion.

"I'm delighted to be signing for Reading and excited to be joining a team that is going to be looking for promotion next season," Bridge told the club's official website. "I spoke to the manager [Nigel Adkins] and he told me about the direction he wants the team to go in. Everything we talked about was positive - and he was really positive about signing me which means a lot.

"And, from the outside, Reading look like a team who are capable of getting back into the Premier League, a team that works hard for each other. That is something I want to be a part of and I'm really looking forward to next season."

The 32-year-old Bridge joins Reading having amassed a wealth of experience both in domestic, European and international football, and director of football Nick Hammond believes that this experience will benefit the club.

"I'm delighted to have secured this agreement so early in the summer window," Hammond said. "Both Wayne and his representatives have been very straightforward and professional to deal with and the player will add great experience and quality to our squad."

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