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Ones to Watch

by Kate Smith

Take a closer look at Reading's key men.

Latvian international Gorkss had spells with clubs in his homeland and in Sweden before moving to English football with League One Blackpool in January 2007. 

Following a successful first full season in England’s second tier, Gorkss signed for Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2008 in a protracted deal. The towering defender went on to make over 100 appearances for the club in a three year spell at Loftus Road, winning the Championship in the 2010-11 season to gain promotion to the Premier League.

That summer, Gorkss made the move to Reading, and won the Championship for the second season running, with the Royals achieving promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season. With his goal against old side QPR in November, Gorkss became only the second Latvian (after Marian Pahars) to score a goal in the Premier League.

The Enfield-born Antiguan international began his career at Wimbledon but made his professional debut on loan at Leyton Orient. After spells at Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers, the box-to-box midfielder made a permanent move to the Madejski Stadium after an initial loan spell. He was part of the Reading side that won the Championship in the 2011-12 season. He played 41 out of the 46 league games last season, and grabbed five goals to help Reading to the title.

The 30-year-old midfielder has scored a goal in every competition for the club this season. 

The former Stockport County and Rochdale front man joined Reading in the summer of 2011 from Rotherham United after scoring 54 goals in 96 appearances for the Millers. In his first season with the Royals, his 16 goals contributed to their promotion to the Premier League.  This season, Reading’s number nine has recently been dubbed ‘super-sub’ after netting five goals in his past three league games – all after coming on from the bench. His midweek brace against Chelsea saw Reading move out of the bottom three. Whether Brian McDermott hands Le Fondre a start or not, the striker is proving to be a threat whenever he’s on the pitch.