Alex Pearce was one of four players signed on loan by Norwich
over the last two days of the January 2008 transfer window.
A 19 year old centre-half from Reading, Pearce came highly recommended.
Glenn Roeder said he was delighted that
Reading boss Steve Coppell had agreed to release him. He said:
I like taking players from Steve Coppell because he only
has a certain type of player. They must be well motivated. I've
done my homework and I am told both boys fit the bill in terms
of attitude and desire. Steve believes Pearce is a Premiership
Pearce has won Scotland youth international caps and also played
15 games on loan at Northampton, and 11 at Bournemouth. He made
his senior Reading debut as a substitute in the 2006/7 season's
3-2 FA Cup win over Burnley, given the job of marking ex-Canary
Ade Akinbiyi. His full debut came in
the FA Cup fourth round replay against Spurs on 15 January 2008
at the Madejski Stadium
Pearce is on loan with Norwich until the end of the 2007/8 season.
He made his debut in the 1-0 win over Barnsley on 23rd February
2008. Alex made a total of 11 appearances for Norwich
Alex was loaned to Southampton at the end of October 2008. He
scored on his Saints' debut in a 3-2 away win at Preston but gave
away a penalty on his home debut against Bristol City on 8th November
On 12th February 2010, Pearce signed a new long term contract
at Reading until the summer of 2013.
Pearce was virtually ever-present, playing 47 times, in 2012/13
as Reading won the Championship and a return to the Premier League.
He made his full debut for the Republic of Ireland in September
2012, playing against Oman and scoring in the 4-1 win.
Pearce and Reading returned to the Championship on 28th April
2013 after a goalless draw with QPR, who were also relegated.
Pearce was released by Reading in June 2013 with the player running
down his contract to secure a free transfer. He had made 145 appearances
for the Royals, scoring 15 goals. He was heavily linked with moves
to Newcastle and Liverpool.
In May 2015, Alex left Reading to become Paul Clement's joint-first
signing, along with Darren Bent, for Derby. He signed a three
year contract/ He had made 194 league appearances for Reading.
Having made just two appearances for Derby, Pearce was loaned to Bristol City on 19th January 2016 until the end of the 2015/16 season. "Alex will offer us experience - he knows this division inside out," said the Robins' interim manager John Pemberton."When I spoke to Alex, it's clear how desperate he is to get into the Ireland team for the Euros - if he does that then it means he will have played well for us."