Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan has praised the Reading academy set-up as the relationship between the clubs continues to pay dividends.
Reading youngster Dom Hyam enjoyed a successful spell at Vauxhall Road last season, while Noor Husin and Zak Jules are both currently on loan from the Royals and have made impressive starts to life with the Tudors.
“We have a good relationship with Reading; they play the same way we do in a 4-4-2 formation whereas most academies play 4-3-3 or 4-5-1,” said Brennan.
“They play at a high tempo in the same way that we do, and they play proper men’s football. It’s a credit to their coaching staff over there.
“They are a very strong academy side with a lot of talent over there, and it works both ways because their players can come here and play Conference South football which is very competitive.
“They have an array of talent over there, and it’s a club who we have identified as being on the same wavelength as us.
“Young Zak Jules brings us a bit of pace and power in the back line.”
Aside from his loan stars, Brennan admits that he is still looking to bolster his squad with additional signings.
He said: “We are still working on bringing three players into the club, and if we can do that it will give us more strength in depth going into the winter which is very important.”