Kilkenny already has 18 appearances at Championship level and has achieved a promotion to boot, and whilst that may not be a significant amount of run-outs for a 23-year-old, he likely wouldn’t walk into the first-team upon his arrival. Versatility and back-ups are key to a long season and Kilkenny would provide just that.

Would Gavin Kilkenny be a good signing for Reading?

The initial signs, having failed to largely impress whilst on loan at Charlton Athletic last season, would suggest that it could also be unclear if Kilkenny would break into Ruben Selles’ lineup.

The Royals have signed the likes of Lewis Wing and Charlie Savage to go into their midfield, which represents extremely good business for a League One club that needs to stabilise some what after a rocky season last season, and with financial troubles continuing to threaten their points tally.

But bar their two new incomings, only Ovie Ejaria is a senior choice – and Kilkenny would give the Royals that little boost in midfield – not only in terms of experience, but in terms of quality and versatility.