Clarke feels Knight is the perfect signing for Reading

Reading have signed the experienced Zat Knight on a contract for the rest of the season, and Steve Clarke feels he is the perfect addition to his squad.

Knight, who won two full international caps for England in 2005, was recently added to the list of free agents after he ended his spell in the United States with Colorado Rapids. The 34-year-old was keen to resume his career in his homeland, and Clarke has offered him the chance to play his part in the Royals season after handing him a short-term deal for the rest of the campaign.

“When I heard that Zat was back in the UK and looking for a club I felt he would be a perfect fit,” he told the official club website. “He brings a wealth of experience, good attributes as a defender and good references from previous clubs. It’s a sensible deal for both club and player and we look forward to Zat playing his part in helping the team to finish the season on a high note.”

Central defender Knight began his career in 1999 with Fulham, and went on to make 178 appearances for the Cottagers before he left for Aston Villa, the club he supported as a boy, in a £3.5million deal in August 2007. After two years in the Midlands he joined Bolton Wanderers for £4million, making 180 appearances in all competitions before leaving for his last club in October 2014.

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