Republic of Ireland defender Paul McShane has confirmed he will leave Championship outfit Reading in the summer.

The 33-year-old joined the Royals four years ago from Hull and endeared himself to fans with his combative and committed performances, earning the captaincy in the process.

Injuries have hampered him badly the last two years- he made just five appearances this campaign - and he will make his exit in the coming weeks.

"And that concludes my time with Reading FC," the Wicklow man wrote on social media.

"I’d like to thank all the fans for their support over the years. My aim when I came here was to get this club back to the Premier League, and I gave everything to achieve that. We came so close in 16/17 but it wasn’t to be.

"It was a true honour to be captain for four years and I’ve learned a lot both on and off the pitch. Thank you all for the memories and I wish the club all the success in the future."

McShane follows another Irish veteran out the door. John O'Shea received a guard of honour when he came on as a substitute during the goalless draw with Birmingham on Sunday, his final game as a professional footballer.