The 29 year old has signed a three year deal and, like Brighton-bound Liam Rosenior, will face City next season instead of featuring for them.
Quinn was offered fresh terms by Steve Bruce at the end of the 2014-5 campaign following relegation from the Premier League but it seemed clear from the start that he wouldn’t accept them after playing only a bit-part, troubleshooting role in the centre of the pitch last season. Despite being arguably City’s most consistent central midfielder, his place was never secure with Tom Huddlestone and, until his positive drugs test, Jake Livermore on the scene, irrespective of their form, and he was further pushed down the pecking order when Mohamed Diamé was fit.
A popular figure with the fans, Quinn joined the Tigers in 2012 from Sheffield United, for whom he made more than 200 appearances. He scored on his debut against Bolton Wanderers and fired in a crucial goal at Burnley as City stumbled over the line to promotion, following which he made the first of a dozen appearances to date for the Republic of Ireland.
In the top division he was a squad player but was often the most combative and willing competitor on the pitch, and after scoring against his former club Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final following his introduction as a substitute, was brought in from almost nowhere to start the final against Arsenal as a free spirit behind lone striker Matt Fryatt. He was excellent at Wembley, playing a part in both of City’s goals.
Last season he was a frustrated presence on the bench for much of the campaign, though was still regularly called upon by Bruce. He scored his only Premier League goal for the club in the 3-1 home defeat by Arsenal last month.
Quinn joins a list of very popular players who have either been deemed unnecessary for a Championship campaign or who have felt better opportunities lie elsewhere. It’s unclear whether City were willing to match the terms Reading offered, but few will blame him for leaving and he is sure of a warm welcome back to the KC during the forthcoming campaign.