Republic of Ireland international striker Simon Cox has joined Championship outfit Reading from Nottingham Forest.

The 27-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Reading, marking a return to the club where he started his football career as a youth player.

"I'm very lucky to have played once for this football club and signing the second time feels just as good," Cox told Reading's official website.

"I still know a lot of the players here so bedding in shouldn't be too hard for me! I'm delighted to be here and I can't wait to get started again."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins welcomed the return of Cox to Reading and said: "He is a player who has experience of playing in the Championship, the Premier League and at international level.

"I'm sure having met him that he will provide a positivity, a hunger and a desire to work hard with a group of players who have a fantastic team spirit."