Reading sign Wales-bred Zimbabwean rising star Rushesha 

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Zimbabwe-born midfielder Tivonge Rushesha has completed a move to English third tier side Reading ahead of the new League One campaign after a successful trial stint at the club.

The 21-year-old former Wales youth international has agreed a one-year deal at the Royals with an option for an additional 12 months.

Rushesha, who was a free agent having left Swansea last month, had been on trial at Reading and had featured in a number of the club’s pre-season friendlies.

“Tivonge is a young man who has really impressed us during his trial, not just on the football pitch, but with his attitude,” Reading’s head of football operations Mark Bowen told the club website.

“He is extremely keen to learn, and always asks the right questions about how he can improve.”

Rushesha is the fifth new player to move to Reading on a free transfer this summer following their relegation to League One.

The club had a transfer embargo lifted on Thursday, allowing them to pay fees for players, following the payment of outstanding money to HM Revenue and Customs.

Born in Zimbabwe, Rushesha joined the Swansea academy at Under-12 level.

He made his professional debut for the club aged just 17 years and 35 days old in the second round of the Carabao Cup against Cambridge in 2019.

He recovered from a serious ACL injury in December 2020 to lead the Swans’ Development side the following season.

The defender-turned-midfielder impressed, earning the under-23 Player of the Season Award for 2020-21.

Capped at age-group level for Wales, his resilience was tested once again the following season with another long-term injury.

But he returned to competitive action in February 2023 by featuring in a 3-2 win for the Swans’ U21 side against Watford.

Following the expiration of his Swansea contract this summer, he began training with Reading in the first week of pre-season.

Now, on the eve of the season, his is officially signed up to represent the Royals and will be eager to impress at his new club.

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