Date: 18th July 2012 at 9:35am
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Eddie Howe has brought in his fourth signing of the summer after agreeing a season-long loan deal with Reading for 22 year old left back, Joseph Mills. Speculation about a move grew yesterday although it had been thought the intention was to sign the defender on a permanent basis. Mills joined the Royals from Southampton in August 2011 but played just 14 times in their Championship-winning campaign last season. He began his career at Southampton and had loan spells with Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers before moving to the Madejski Stadium. The defender only extended his contract with Reading five months ago up until 2014.

Mills told the club website

‘Last season I got a good few games under my belt and it ended in great success,’

‘But this season I want to be playing games, and with the Premier League and the funding Reading have now got, they have gone out and brought someone else in.

‘The squad that the manager (Eddie Howe) is putting together is young and hungry, which is most important, and have a good philosophy in the way they play.’

Intriguingly it now looks likely he could face his older brother centre back Matt Mills,on the opening day of the season on August 18. Matt Mills recently moved to Bolton from Leicester.

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