Shelbourne loanee Kian Leavy to depart Reading with Shane Long’s exit confirmed

Kian Leavy is set to part ways with his parent club Reading at the end of his current deal at the club in June.

Leavy, 21, has been on loan at Shelbourne since the start of the current League of Ireland season.

The loan deal was due to expire at the start of the summer transfer window – with the Louth native learning on Wednesday that his stint at the Royals would come to an end at the end of June.

Since joining the Reds on loan, Leavy has played 11 times for Damien Duff’s side – scoring once.

But he has been injured in recent weeks which has limited his game-time.

He has also been joined in the departures lane at Reading by Ireland striker Shane Long.

Former St Patrick’s Athletic forward Nahum-Melvin Lambert has also been released by the Royals.

“I came (to Reading) as a young lad from Ireland just knowing how to play hurling really well and I was kind of half-decent at soccer as well...but I had to learn my trade," Long said.

"I trained really hard at Reading, especially with Eamonn Dolan, until I was good enough to start coming off the bench for Steve Coppell.

“It grew and grew from there and I ended up playing thirteen years in the Premier League overall.

“It’s a career I’m proud of but there’s always lots of ups and downs to look back on.”