BILLERICAY TOWN striker Rowan Liburd has moved into the professional game with Reading after a stand out season with the Ryman Premier side.
The 22-year-old joined the Blues last summer and after early season injury problems, scored 22 times between November and April.
His performances attracted the interest of Championship side Reading and they have swooped to sign the young forward. He initially made his name in the United States with Georgia’s Thomas University before returning to the UK.
He has signed a two-year deal with the Royals and Billericay boss Craig Edwards said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Rowan.
“I can honestly say when these things happen it’s every bit as rewarding as winning a cup final and with Rowan being such a fantastic young man it’s even better. I don’t think that anything gives me as much satisfaction as seeing one of my players progress into the pro game.
“Rowan came from nowhere. We got him last summer and although very raw he obviously had bags of natural talent. He has all the qualities in common with the lads I have had previously who have progressed into the pro game, enthusiasm, drive, desire and a willingness to learn and improve.
“He will obviously be a huge loss for us but the challenge is to go out and find yet another gem. We have a squad full of potential and hopefully they will use Rowan as a role model to follow.”
Liburd added: “I’d like to thank the players, staff, and fans at Billericay for a great season last year. Although have now joined Reading FC. It has been a unforgettable journey and I have learned a lot from my time at the club.
“I believe Billericay will go on to become at great team that will compete and win things with this squad.”