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Tabb free to leave Reading

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Jay Tabb has been told that he's free to leave Reading, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Tabb has made 105 appearances for the Royals since he joined in 2009 but is now no longer part of Brian McDermott's plans.

"Jay Tabb is a fantastic person and I need to do right by him," McDermott said. "The last thing I want to happen with Jay is to come to the end of the summer and he is stuck in a queue with a lot of other players. I've spoken to him and I've said if the right opportunity comes your way that you think is right and the clubs do a deal then I will not stand in your way," added McDermott.

"I rate him very highly, but at this moment in time he has not been offered a contract.

"It is a balancing act. We have just signed Hope Akpan and Daniel Carrico and have five or six top midfield players and if Jay wants to play elsewhere then I will do right by him," added McDermott.

Tabb won 11 U21 caps between 2004-06 and was an unused sub for the senior internationals against Chile and Cyprus under Steve Staunton.