Name: Oliver Norwood
Date of Birth: 12.01.1991 (Burnley)
Former clubs: Manchester United, Carlisle (L), Scunthorpe (L), Coventry City (L), Huddersfield.
Appearances (goals): 222 (17)
Former Manchester United trainee Oliver Norwood will be making appearance number 55 of the season for club and country when he takes to the field at Loftus Road, on the back of 105 matches over the course of the last two seasons, with a trip to the European Championships with Northern Ireland on the cards this summer.
The midfielder featured from the start in all 10 of his country`s qualifying matches for the tournament in France, and has been almost ever present for Reading this season, with three goals and eight assists to his name, form that has seen Premier League side Bournemouth linked with a move at the end of the campaign.
Born in Burnley, Norwood failed to make a first team appearance for the Red Devils, with his first taste of professional football coming during a loan spell with League One side Carlisle, where he clocked up seven outings at the start of the 2010/2011 season, prior to which he had already made his international bow in a 2-0 defeat in Montenegro a month before joining up with the Cumbrians.
Another two loan spells followed in the next campaign, firstly back in League One with Scunthorpe United, where he bagged the first goal of career with one strike in 14 league matches for the Iron, before a switch to Championship side Coventry in January 2012, where he notched two goals in 18 outings for the Sky Blues.
With his contract at United expiring in the summer of 2012, Norwood rejected the offer of a new deal with the club in search of regular first team football, and made a permanent move to Simon Grayson`s Huddersfield, who had been promoted to the second tier via the play-offs the previous campaign, on a three-year contract.
Norwood turned out 43 times in all competitions for the Terriers in his debut season in Yorkshire, netting three goals to help the side to avoid an immediate return to League One with a four-point cushion above the dropzone, having found themselves in the final relegation position with just three league games remaining.
The 2013/2014 season produced Norwood`s best goalscoring return to date, with six goals in all competitions for Huddersfield, where he saw a change in manager halfway through the campaign, with Grayson replaced with Mark Robins, who led the club to a 17th place finish, two places better off than the previous campaign.
After starting the first two matches for the Terriers last season, former Reading manager Nigel Adkins brought him to the Madejski Stadium on a three-year deal, and it was another year of looking down rather than up for Norwood, with Reading finishing nine points above the bottom three, with one win in their final nine games.
Their poor form had seen Adkins sacked four months after Norwood`s arrival, with Steve Clarke taking charge until December last year, before Bryan McDermott returned to the club to become the third manager Norwood has played under at the Royals, and McDermott will have a job retaining his services in the summer.
At 25 years old and three successive seasons in the Championship with no higher than a 17th place finish, the 30 cap international, who has just one year left on his deal at the Berkshire club, will likely be the subject of plenty of interest, and at this stage of his career, a move to the Premier League would be hard to turn down.
One to Watch – Oliver Norwood
Name: Oliver Norwood