Reading release Irish trio following relegation

Noel Hunt, Ian Harte and Jay Tabb will not have contracts extended

Reading have released striker Noel Hunt following relegation. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Reading have released striker Noel Hunt following relegation. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fri, May 24, 2013, 13:31

Reading have announced that the Irish trio of Noel Hunt, Ian Harte and Jay Tabb will leave the club following their Premier League relegation.

The Royals won the Championship title last year but will make an immediate return to the second tier after finishing 19th.

The Berkshire club’s plans for the new campaign are underway and they today announced that left backs Harte and Nicky Shorey will not have their contracts extended past the summer.

Striker Hunt, the younger brother of Ireland midfielder Stephen, and under-21 international Tabb will also be leaving the Madejski Stadium, as will Simon Church.

Joseph Mills is another out of contract and is set to join Burnley on a two-year deal, having spent the season there on loan.

Youngsters Charlie Losasso, Angus MacDonald, Josh Webb and Brett Williams will also depart, although six out-of-contract players have been offered an extended stay.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor is the most high-profile player asked to stay, while Jonathan Henly, Lawson D’Ath, Nick Arnold, Shane Griffin and Matt Partridge are also in talks with the club.