The fee involved is undisclosed but it is believed he has signed a two-year-contract with the Berkshire club with the option of a third for the 26-year-old; subject to international clearance.
When Drenthe burst onto the scene as the best player at the 2007 under-21 European Championships for Holland the sky seemed the limit.
But after his move to Real Madrid things moved to fast for the player and he admitted that during his time on loan at Everton the Liverpool night-life got to him.
With plenty of swanky bars and beautiful women he struggled to keep himself motivated for footballing reasons and was quickly dismissed by David Moyes.
In fact it was these sorts of problems that caused him to seek pastures new in the first-place; and in one of my favourite stories in football for a while he sent Andy Van Der Meyde on a reconnaissance mission to Vladikavkaz to see if Alania was right for him.
Der Meyde, himself a man with whom the partying lifestyle got the better of his footballing talents, told him to make the move; after three days of research he had this to say:
‘’No nothing to do. Ugly women. The coast is clear.’’
Well in case Der Meyde did not manage to do a similar re-con on Reading let me help Royston.
Born and bred in the Thames Valley town I have to say if he wants to avoid beautiful women there are certainly a few haunts along the Friar Street club scene that will be right up his street. Fake eyelashes galore, dresses two sizes tight and enough skin on show to make Ke$ha a shrinking violet; it is not pretty. Although I guess that depends what Drenthe is into.
If he wants to keep drinking to a minimum he might also want to avoid Pavlovs Dog on a Monday evening; with their pound-a-pint scheme sure to end his career with the Biscuitmen quickly; not that I would ever expect to see a professional footballer in the dingy pub on a week day anyway.
There are some nice bars along the Riverside that tend to keep the riff-raff away but he would also do well to stay away from the Gentleman’s Club under the bridge; if he wants to stay out of trouble that is.
But I must say in general Reading is a quiet town for a person with the legendary exploits of Royston Drenthe and he should find it easy not to get into much trouble during his time here; as long as he doesn’t find himself in the Subway next door to Purple Turtle at 5.00am on match-day he should be fine.
He would also do well to steer clear of the Oakford Social Club opposite the train station; because he might have to put up with this opportunistic writer looking for a quick story.
But overall I think I speak for most people in Reading when I wish Drenthe well with his time at Reading FC. If Nigel Adkins and the reasonably placid nightlife of Reading can keep him under control then they surely have one of the Championships best players next season.
The only worry; London is half hour away by train.
Do you think Drenthe will be a success in Reading?
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