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Full Name: Craig David Tanner
Born: 27 October 1994
1. Came from: Reading Went to: Reading
1. First game: 08 August 2015 Last game: 30 May 2016
2. Came from: Reading Went to: Reading
2. First game: 27 August 2016 Last game: 22 April 2017
Appearances: 84 (41/43) Goals: 12
Born in Camberley, Tanner joined Reading's youth setup at the age of eight, with Brendan Rogers in charge of the Royals' youngsters and Alan Pardew as manager. In 2011 the 16-year-old signed his first professional contract - a deal that was later extended until 2017. He represented England at under-16 level and in 2013-14 was part of the Reading youth team that won the Under-21 Premier League Cup, scoring in the first leg of the final along with ex-Pilgrim loanee Gozie Ugwu.
Tanner made his Reading first team debut in August 2014 in the first round of the League Cup, scoring the fastest debut goal in the Madejski Stadium's history when he netted within five minutes of coming on as a late substitute against Newport County. He went on to make three Championship appearances from the bench and his full first team debut in the second round of the League Cup that same year, before being loaned out to AFC Wimbledon in the second half of the season. Whilst with the Dons he made 19 appearances, of which 16 were starts, including a 1-1 draw at Home Park in April 2014.
Tanner joined Argyle just before the start of the 2015-16 season, having featured at Home Park for Reading's under-21 side in their pre-season friendly against Argyle, in which his penalty struck a Devonport End post. His arrival, on a deal until January 2016, meant a reunion with Carl McHugh, who he knew well from his earlier days at Reading's academy. After regular appearances on the right side of midfield, either as a starter or substitute, his loan was extended in the January to a full season deal. In all he played 50 times that season, exactly half in the starting line-up, before returning to Reading after the Pilgrims' unsuccessful League Two play-off final at Wembley.
However, four games into the 2016-17 season, Tanner returned to Home Park for a second loan spell, initially until January 2017 but then extended until the end of a season in which he helped Argyle to promotion to League One.
On his return to Reading, Tanner was released by the Championship club. At the start of June 2017 he moved to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell on a two-year contract - in part, to replace Lionel Ainsworth, who had moved from Motherwell to Home Park at the end of May. The moved meant that Tanner linked up once again with ex-Pilgrim Carl McHugh.
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