Tuesday, 12th August, 2014

Reading have completed the signing of former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old, who was released by QPR in August 2013, spent the previous season in Turkey with Antalyaspor.

And Ferdinand insisted that he is excited to be back in England and is looking forward to playing for the Championship outfit.

"It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading. I've been away from English football for a year and had some tough times", he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"Turkey is a fantastic place to go and play football, but certain things off the field didn't allow me to enjoy my football.  


“That chapter is closed now, and I've opened a new chapter at Reading and I'm looking forward to it."

Ferdinand, brother of Manchester United legend Rio, started his playing career at West Ham before joining Sunderland in 2008.

The centre-back, who was snapped up by QPR three seasons later, spent the second half of the 2012/13 season on loan at Bursaspor and extended his stay in Turkey by signing for Antalyaspor last summer.

Ferdinand is yet to earn a senior cap for England, but has represented the nation at various youth levels.

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