Royals to keep Stack
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading will sign on-loan keeper Graham Stack on a permanent basis in January.Reading have confirmed they will sign on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack on a permanent basis in January.
The Championship club's announcement comes after the 24-year-old was cleared of rape and sexually assault charges by a jury at Croydon Crown Court on Friday.
Royals boss Steve Coppell had initially signed Stack on loan in the summer, as they awaited the outcome of the court case.
With Stack now cleared to continue his footballing career at The Madejski Stadium, The Royals have declared they will make the custodian's loan a permanent arrangement in the January transfer window.
Stack will have a battle on his hands to claim the number one jersey from American international Marcus Hahnemann but the keeper was delighted to put the court case behind him.
"I'm absolutely delighted that the jury have found the allegations against me to be completely unfounded and untrue," Stack said.
"The past 16 months have been extremely difficult both on a personal and professional level but I'm thankful the whole ordeal has now come to an end.
"I would like to sincerely thank all of my family and friends who have shown me unconditional support throughout the case and also Arsenal, Millwall and Reading who have shown a great deal of understanding to my situation.
"I'm now looking forward to moving on with my life and concentrating on making my football career as successful as possible."