DEFENDER Wayne Bridge has signed for Reading Football Club.
The former Manchester City and England left-back has agreed a one-year contract at the Madejski Stadium and becomes Nigel Adkins’ first signing as Royals boss.
“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 said.
“I spoke to the manager 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.” Bridge joins the Royals with more than 300 Premier League appearances and 36 England caps to his name.
During six years at Chelsea, he won all three domestic trophies while featuring in two World Cup squads and went to one European Championships tournament with England.
The 32-year-old spent last season on loan from Manchester City, making 42 starts for Gus Poyet’s Brighton * achieving a Championship play-off place with the Seagulls.
He was also handed the left-back position in the Football League Championship Team of the Year 2012/13.
Bridge will meet up with his new teammates for the first time when the squad return for pre-season training at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, Mikkel Andersen has joined Danish top flight team Randers on a year-long loan.
The 24-year-old is back in his homeland now and trains with his new teammates for the first time today.
This is a well-deserved opportunity for Mikkel as he joins a team that finished third in the Danish Superliga last season and go into the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round in the season ahead.
Mikkel is a very talented young goalkeeper who has been exceptionally patient in his time at Madejski Stadium.
Andersen, who has played a number of times for Denmark’s under-21s, was an excellent support to Adam Federici in the Royals’ 2012 Championship triumph.