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Mills Signs In But Only On Season-Long Loan

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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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 18 2012

Time: 9:34AM

Your Comments

Can't find out too much about him. He kept Harte out of the Reading side for a while earlier in the season, but then got injured. Not worried about the season long loan though - that's how we got Trippier and Meet last year isn't it?
marjory blenkinsop
Looks a very good player. We can now confidently say that our defense is really starting to look good. Im sure if this guy gets a regular game and impresses, Eddie will waste no time in bringing him in on a permanent basis in January.
AdamBurnleyFan
mmmmmnn, is Lafferty not as good as thought?
VinRogue
I think Howe just wants cover in all areas. Our defense is now looking really well balanced. We have two right backs in Trippier and O'Neill, two left backs in Lafferty and Mills and four center backs in Mee, Edgar, Shackell and Duff. All of these players are very strong and it gives us a good variation and opportunity to change things. Something we havnt had a lot in the past. Id really like to see us bring in Vokes now, and that would then leave us with just the midfield to strengthen. Im starting to get pretty confident about next season.
AdamBurnleyFan
I thought the same VR. It seems strange that we have 3 players capable of playing left back ( including Mee) if we are likely to have a small squad. However, at the moment - the squad doesnt seem that small - The defence is surely now sorted?
Claretdale
It would seem the Board are going to hang on to the JayRod money and the parachute payments, no surprise to me there. I am encouraged by the signings but am unhappy that the aim seems to be to stay in the Championship as a feeder club rather than make a serious attempt at promotion which would surely bring in more money to the club. There is merit in adopting the safe option but is it what the fans want? I would like to see at least some ambition at getting into the Prem.
cornwallclaret
Its a great debate cornwall and one better suited to a pub or cafe, where each can articulate how they feel about all things BFC. To make a serious attempt at promotion I believe we would have had to keep JayRod. To make a serious attempt I believe we would have to sort out the shambles that is called our defence. Plus we need at least one player in midfield who is "gifted". If Shackell, Tripps and two others start to keep clean sheets....we may just be pushing top 6....however if he can't work out if it should be Mee, Edgar or Duff with Shackell and is Lafferty better than Mills or will we end up playing Mee at left back then a relegation fight looms. I live in hope as I always do....
VinRogue
At least we dont have to worry to much if we lose a defender to injury.
Grimsby Claret
Getting a good feeling about this season. I think the defence is sorted now. Strikers are probably just about there. Small concern about the midfield but another one there and that`s it. Placed a small wager at 28/1 for promotion. We can dream!!!!!!
CanadaClaret
Bartley out injured for start of season by all accounts so we might need more than one new midfielder. Stock plus?
turfmanphil
We still have a few weeks to go to the start of the season it must be serious if Bartley cant recover in time?
Grimsby Claret
No matter what happens I shall always be a Clarets supporter, probably continually living in hope. Being born in 1936 overlooking Turf Moor what else can I do, I shall never be a turncoat and start supporting some money no object fashionable outfit. That is the lot of a true footy fan and despite everything I would not change being what I am. Up the Clarets.
cornwallclaret
110% agree cornwall, I am from Nelson and in the 60's we used to walk from Hill Place, as we could only afford the bus fare one way, although in later years I realised we had enough money for a pint for my dad, uncle and grandad! I would equally not change what I am. UTC
VinRogue
Club saying Bartley injury not serious and that he just has to rest. Ankle problem picked up in pre-season training by all accounts
turfmanphil
Yes of course we will all remain Clarets through thick-and-thin! Just that some of us want the club to think more about trying to achieve the 'thick' rather than thinking 'thin' all the time!
turfmanphil
VR - one day when we're both in town and feeling energetic, if you want to walk together on your old route up to the Turf, I'll pay the bus fare one way.
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