Reading: Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond signs from Watford

Jonathan Bond
Jonathan Bond was a member of the England under-21 squad at this summer's European Championships

Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond has joined Championship side Reading from Watford for an undisclosed fee.

The England Under-21 international, now 22, has agreed a three-year contract at the Madejski Stadium.

He was a member of Gareth Southgate's squad at this summer's European Championships in the Czech Republic.

"I'm delighted we've managed to secure the signature of one of English football's brightest young goalkeepers," boss Steve Clarke said.

"Jonathan is at the stage of his career where he needs a new challenge and the opportunity to establish himself as first-choice goalkeeper.

"He has all the attributes needed to reach the very top and, with the help of new goalkeeping coach Dave Beasant, it's our aim to get him there."

Bond leaves newly promoted Watford, having been understudy to Heurelho Gomes during the Hornets' promotion from the Championship last season.

Capped five times by England at Under-21 level, Bond arrives at Reading in the same week as new signings striker Orlando Sa, midfielder Stephen Quinn and defender Paul McShane.

He joins up with the squad for a pre-season tour of Thailand.

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