Reading left-back Ian Harte has signed a new one-year contract which will keep him with the newly-promoted club until the summer of 2013.

The former Republic of Ireland defender's contract was set to expire this summer but discussions about a new deal have been under way since the end of the season and Harte has now committed his future to the club who were recently promoted to the Barclays Premier League after finishing top of the npower Championship.

"It's a dream come true to go back to the Premier League," Harte told the club's official website, "Two years ago the manager took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to come to a fantastic club like Reading and I've had two of the best years of my career here."

He added: "I'm absolutely delighted. Now that it's all sorted, I can go away and enjoy the summer, thoroughly look forward to next season and come back raring to go."

The 34-year-old started the 2010-11 season in League One with Carlisle before moving to the Madejski Stadium and was an integral part of the team that reached the Championship play-off final where they lost to Swansea.

However, in 2011-12 they went one better, securing promotion as champions.