BASINGSTOKE Town have moved to bolster their midfield options with the signing of former Reading stalwart James Harper.

The 33-year-old, who made more than 300 appearances for Reading over the course of nine years at the Madejski Stadium, goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie against Harrow Borough.

Manager Jason Bristow said: “We are delighted that someone of James' quality and experience has joined our squad.

"He has already shown in training what he can add to the side and we are looking forward to seeing him in action."

Harper began his professional football life with Arsenal, moving on to Reading in 2001. While at the Madejski, he helped the club to two promotions and played in the Premier League for two seasons, scoring 25 goals in a total of 316 league appearances.
He left the Madejski Stadium for Sheffield United in 2010, going on to play for Hull City, Wycombe Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers. He spent the end of last season at Barnet but was released in the summer.