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Sean, Why?

I don't think I've ever seen a team quite as united as Reading. Now obviously I buy into that because I'm also a fan, and I follow the team closer than any other. I see the banter between the team on twitter, and read about the positive atmosphere on Charles Watts webchats. Therefore it's quite surprising to hear that Sean Morrison is pushing for a move to Cardiff.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think anybody is suggesting that he's worth £4m, and to sell him at that price - with a valid replacement brought in - would be ludicrously good business for the club. However he wants to go to a division rival? That stings a little. It's bringing back all sorts of memories of the 'Matt Mills incident', only with less middle finger involved. ALF obviously moved there during the summer too, but by all reports only so that The Royals could pay the impending tax bill which he can probably be let off for.

There's players at the club who could be playing in the top division easily. The one that springs to mind is Garath McCleary. His injury over the summer helped ward off any interest, but he easily has the potential to succeed in the top flight. Yet all the noises from his end are that he's happy and dedicated to the club. Best pal Chris Gunter - a man with over 50 international caps - could probably be starting in the Premier League as well, if Rosenior can...

Reading are made on team spirit. If you look at any of the runs in recent years, the togetherness of the squad is at the heart of it. I think that's one of the reasons why fans tend to be so unforgiving of situations like this, at a club like Reading they're just not used to it. There have been plenty of incidents before; Pearce running down his contract so he could 'join Liverpool', a deal that strangely disappeared before he came crawling back home, or HRK threatening to join anybody to get an improved contract offer, something which hasn't entirely been forgiven by all within the fanbase. 

Of course if this deal falls through and Morrison ends up staying at the Madejski all will be forgiven with a few good performances. Unfortunately for Morro, that's not always the case.

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