Pair of Premier League icons with nearly 600 appearances between them left unemployed after release from League One club


READING have released two Premier League heroes after their relegation to League One.

Scott Dann and Shane Long have 575 top-flight appearances between them.

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PAShane Long is now unemployed as Reading will not be giving him a new deal[/caption]

But both are now unemployed after their deals at Reading expired and they will not be receiving new contracts.

The Royals were demoted from the Championship after finishing 22nd in the division this season.

Dann is one of a number set to head for the exit after playing just 13 times in the campaign.

The 36-year-old centre-back used to play for Birmingham, Blackburn and Crystal Palace.

He won the League Cup with the Blues in 2010-11 and was the Eagles’ player of the year in 2015.

In total, Dann played 241 times in the Prem.

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Additionally, Long leaves Reading after netting only two goals in 32 games this season.

It was his second spell at the club, having also spent time at West Brom, Hull, Southampton and Bournemouth during his lengthy career.


The 36-year-old striker appeared 344 times in the Premier League, netting 56 goals.

The 88-capped Irishman even holds a league record for the fastest goal scored when he netted versus Watford when at Southampton after just 7.69 seconds.

Meanwhile, Reading have also got rid of Lucas Joao, Liam Moore, Luke Southwood and Dejan Tetek.

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Junior Hoilett and Yakou Meite have been offered new contracts.

Another Prem cult hero Andy Carroll has one-year left on his deal at the club and was spotted partying with West Ham fans in Holland last week before their semi-final win over AZ Alkmaar in the Conference League.

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