Forest Green Rovers land James Rowe

Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green have signed midfielder James Rowe on a two-year deal following his release by Reading.

The 19-year-old has been on trial with Rovers this summer and scored in friendlies against Hereford and Cirencester Town.

Rowe is a Southampton academy graduate, where he played under Forest Green boss Dave Hockaday.

"I have known James since he was a young and I have kept tabs on him ever since," Hockaday told the club websiteexternal-link.

"He called me off his own back to come and train with us and has fitted in extremely well and he fully deserves this deal."

Rowe, who never played a senior game for Reading, added: "I am delighted and excited at joining Rovers and look forward to a bright future at the club."