Former Rovers man Clinton Mola is determined to make his mark in League One after joining Reading.

Mola had a loan spell at Ewood Park from German outfit Stuttgart last season but made just six first-team appearances.

The versatile defender left the club by mutual consent last week and has now put pen to paper over a one-year deal with the Royals, who are aiming to bounce back from last season’s relegation to the third tier.

"I was happy to finally get it over the line,” he told the club website. “It had been a long process but I am glad that it is done now.

“I had been in talks with the club for about a week so I am glad that everything is sealed.

"I had a few conversations with Mark (Bowen) and the gaffer. When I heard about the interest it was really important for them to outline the project and the direction the club wants to go in.

"Once I heard all about that, I knew it was the right decision for me."

The 22-year-old initially headed overseas in 2020 after coming through the youth ranks at Chelsea.

"I moved out there as a young boy,” Mola recalled. “It was a good experience, and a good learning curve as well for me as a person and player, so there are valuable things I can take from my time in Stuttgart.

"It was a big challenge for me, but I am glad that I took that opportunity. It is good to be closer to home, be closer to family and in familiar surroundings,

"When I heard of Reading’s interest - the fact it is an established club and that I am very well aware of the club - was a big factor as well.”

“I am ready to get going,” he added. "I want to be playing a lot of games.

“But I feel this international break can give me time to gel within the squad, get to know my new team-mates and get familiar with new surroundings. It is a bit of a win-win.”

Reading currently find themselves 18th in the League One table, having won two of their opening five fixtures.

Ruben Selles' side started the season with a one-point decution due to problems off the field.