Reading have signed goalkeeper Joe Lumley on a season-long loan deal from Championship rivals Middlesbrough, the Royals have confirmed.
The 27-year-old kept 14 clean sheets in 39 appearances for Middlesbrough during the 2021/22 campaign.
Reading meanwhile played four different goalkeepers last term as they narrowly avoided relegation down to League One.
Royals manager Paul Ince told the club website: “The goalkeeping position was a difficult one to solve for this club last season, so it was a priority to add strength in depth to that corner of the dressing room ahead of a brand new challenge in 2022-23.
“Lumley is a tall, confident, capable young keeper and he will be hungry to stake a claim for the goalkeeper position when he joins us at the start of pre-season training this week.”
Mark Bowen (Reading’s Head of Football Operations) added: “Joe is a goalkeeper of proven pedigree who, despite still being relatively young for a keeper, has more than 150 first team appearances on his CV already.
After an extensive search and much consideration around the goalkeeping options available to us, we firmly believe Joe will provide vital competition for the no.1 shirt next season and prove an excellent addition to our first team squad. I’m very pleased we have been able to secure his services for 2022-23.”