Simon Cox returns to Reading on two-year-deal

Simon Cox returns to Reading on two-year-deal

IRELAND international Simon Cox has joined Championship side Reading from Nottingham Forest on a two-year-deal.

The 27-year-old striker returns to the club where he started his football career as a member of the youth team.

"I'm very lucky to have played once for this football club and signing the second time feels just as good," Cox told Reading's official website.

"I still know a lot of the players here so bedding in shouldn't be too hard for me! I'm delighted to be here and I can't wait to get started again."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins welcomed the return of Cox to Reading and said: "He is a player who has experience of playing in the Championship, the Premier League and at international level.

"I'm sure having met him that he will provide a positivity, a hunger and a desire to work hard with a group of players who have a fantastic team spirit."

Following Reading’s promotion to the top flight in 2006, Cox enjoyed loan spells with Brentford, Northampton Town and Swindon, before penning a permanent deal in January 2008.

Cox then joined West Brom for £1.5m and inked a £2m move to Forest in August 2012, where he made 82 appearances and scored 14 goals.