Signing Adam, therefore, will add some more experience to the Reading midfield and also some guile that perhaps only Swift possesses.
The former Blackpool man may well have declined from the days where he lobbed Tibault Courtois from the halfway line, but he should still have enough in the tank to compete in the Championship.
Reading know they are getting a player who works hard for the team but also someone who can pick out that defence-splitting pass.
In his career so far, Adam has scored 76 goals and set up a further 61 – not bad for a central midfield player and if Adam can add some goals and assists to the Reading side then his free transfer will start to look like one of the Championship’s best signings.
Adam also wants to help grow the young players while he is at Reading so not only are they getting an experienced Premier League professional but also someone who is willing to guide and mentor others to help them have a better career.
The signing of Adam by the Royals is, therefore, a good deal and though, the reaction on Twitter has been mixed, he could prove to be a shrewd addition to the squad.