For the 2023-2024 season, the total amount of money Reading is paying its players in salaries is £7,146,000. And on average, Reading pays its players £137,423 weekly.
Let’s dive In.
Reading F.C. Players Wages And Salaries (Highest Paid 2023)
|Player Name||Weekly Wage||Yearly Salary|
Top 5 Highest Paid
1. Ovie Ejaria
Ovie Ejaria is the club’s highest-paid player this season. However, Ejaria’s career with Reading began when he joined the Championship club on loan in January 2019, initially for the 2018-19 season.
His connection with Reading continued as he returned on loan for the 2019-20 season, with Reading having an obligation to secure his permanent signing.
In August 2020, the deal was sealed as Ejaria signed a four-year permanent contract with Reading, entitling him to an annual salary of £650,000. This makes him one of the top earners at the club.
2. Paul Mukairu
Mukairu began his football career at the Nigerian FC Hearts Academy, and In 2019, he made a move to the Turkish club Antalyaspor, marking the start of his professional career.
His debut in Süper Lig, the top Turkish football league, was a memorable one, helping his team secure a 1-0 victory over Göztepe S.K. on 18 August 2019.
The young talent embarked on a loan in the Belgian First Division A, playing for Anderlecht during the 2020-21 season.
After gaining experience, he returned to Antalyaspor, contributing eight goals in 53 games across various competitions.
In January 2022, Mukairu impressed even more when he signed a 3-year contract with Danish club F.C. Copenhagen. Now, he is contributing his best with Reading on a season-long loan deal which starts on 16 August 2023.
3. Sam Smith
Sam Smith, who started his career by signing his first professional contract with Reading in 2016, has come a long way.
His debut appearance for the club was in a 2–0 EFL Cup win over Gillingham on 8 August 2017, and he scored his first goal for Reading during the cup’s second-round tie against Millwall on 22 August.
In February 2018, Smith renewed his contract with a deal that ended at the end of the 2020–21 season. However, In 2023, he’s back in the Reading lineup, penning a new three-year contract.
4. Dom Ballard
In September 2023, Dom Ballard made his way to Reading F.C. on a season-long loan, and what a career it’s been so far. He made his debut for the club on the 16th of September with a 2-1 victory against Bolton Wanderers.
Just a few days later, on the 19th of September, Ballard scored two goals in a spectacular 9-0 win against Exeter City in the EFL Trophy. As the season rolled on, Dom Ballard continued to make his mark.
On the 3rd of October, he scored his first league goal for Reading in a match against Northampton Town, although the team didn’t secure a win that time. However, Dom Ballard’s contributions to Reading’s 2023/2024 season have certainly been exciting.
5. Harlee Dean
Harlee Dean is one of the fresh faces at Reading F.C. for the 2023/2024 season. He is a talented defender who officially joined Reading on 4th August on a two-year contract.
Having started his career at Dagenham & Redbridge. Before moving to Reading, Harlee’s football journey included several loan spells at non-league clubs in Essex and Hertfordshire.
In 2010, he moved to Southampton, and later, in 2012, he joined Brentford on a permanent transfer. Harlee spent five seasons with Brentford.
His career then took him to Birmingham City, and during the 2021–22 season, Harlee Dean spent the second half on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. If you ask me, he looks promising in the games he has played since his arrival.
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