Reading challenge Slovenian to earn extended contract

Jure Travner has joined Reading on a short-term deal for the rest of the season, and has been challenged to earn a longer stay.

The 29-year-old initially agreed to link up with the Royals when he left his previous club, Azerbaijan outfit Baku, in December last year, but was unable to complete the move as he waited for international clearance. This has now come through, and after impressing manager Steve Clarke in training, the player has been given a short-term contract at the Madejski Stadium.

Travner is no stranger to life in Britain, having had an unsuccessful spell at Watford in 2009-10 and a slightly more fruitful stint in Scotland with St Mirren the following season. And the former Slovenian Under-21 international left back, who hasn’t played for the full national side, will now spend the rest of the current campaign in Berkshire, although he has been challenged to win a longer deal.

“Jure is an experienced player who has shown enough in training to suggest that he can help the squad until the end of the season,” Clarke told the official club website. “Due to contractual difficulties at his previous club he didn’t play as often as he would have liked and, after a protracted transfer, he now has a chance to show us if he can earn an extended deal here.”

So that’s a new left-back in the bag, but where else should Clarke be looking to bolster his Reading squad this month? Let us know what you think in the discussion below.

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