In a move which took place under the radar on transfer deadline day, Shaun Cummings has left Chelsea and joined Reading on a permanent basis, signing a three year deal with the Royals.

The move re-unites Shaun with Brendan Rodgers, who coached him at both Under-18 and Reserve level during his time here. The deal is secured as Shaun’s successful one-month loan period at West Brom was approaching an end, and evidently his performances at Championship level convinced Rodgers to seal the deal for a nominal and undisclosed fee.

Shaun came through the ranks at Chelsea from a very young age, mainly as a striker, but as the goals dried up at Under-18 level, he was moved to full-back, where he developed surprisingly well. Always a strong athlete, he showed the desire and focus to re-train himself and add many more strings to his bow. A loan spell last season at MK Dons had its ups and downs, but it served to develop him as a footballer and in a better side this year at the Hawthorns, he has looked a vastly improved players.

Rodgers was clearly delighted to get his man, speaking to Reading’s official website:

“Shaun is a modern day full back, a good defender who wants to go forward and is very athletic. I’m excited to have him, I know him well, he has all the characteristics we want and I am sure he will be very successful. He’s one for now and for the future as well.

He worked very closely with me at Chelsea, he developed there and then had a really successful time out on loan with the MK Dons last season. Supporters may have seen him line up for West Brom already this year so he has shown his credentials and ability to compete at the top end of this league. He’s very similar to Ryan Bertrand on the opposite side.”

Whilst naturally, Shaun himself was also pleased to make the move:

“It’s great to sign, I feel fantastic. This is a great opportunity for me, I can settle for three years and I am working with Brendan again. We know how each other works and there is a good connection so I couldn’t say no.”

Shaun will go straight into the squad for their next fixture against Doncaster a week on Saturday after the upcoming international break. Everyone at CFCnet wishes Shaun the very best of luck for the future.

For more on Shaun, read his CFCnet profile now.