Curo Back To Reading?

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 19 November 2003
The 28-year-old Reading crowd favourite has had his £8,000 per week tax free deal with South Korean side Busan Icons terminated by mutual consent.

Jamie Cureton, who spent three years with Reading, failed to settle in South Korea and after scoring just four times in twenty appearances, manager Ian Porterfield dropped the Englishman to the bench before deciding to allow him to leave.

Having failed to adopt to the vastly different lifestyle, the pacy frontman will return to the UK with Queens Park Rangers appearing to be his most likely destination. The Division Two side seem well-suited to Curo's style of play, however, it would be wrong to rule out a return to the Madejski Stadium.

The 28-year-old left the club in the summer on the back of a series of disagreements with alan pardew. However, with Coppell at the helm who is currently looking for a new striker on the cheap, freebie Cureton, a huge fans favourite, could turn out to be the new manager's pick.

In January of this year the players agent, Paul Martin, summed up the situation saying: "As I've said in the past Jamie loves the fans and loves the club but the manager's not right at the moment."

Manager Steve Coppell revealed that he hasn't even considered the possibility of bringing Cureton back to the Madejski but the possibility must surely appeal to him.

Whether Curo opts for the Reading, Bristol City, Queens Park Rangers or any other club remains to be seen, but fans will forever remember the livewire former Norwich striker for scoring the goal that clinched promotion to the First Division nineteen months ago.

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