A delighted Reading coach, Andy Barnes, said yesterday: "Ken will give us aggression and hopefully solve our problem of getting the ball in the net." Reading will be without Simon Mason this afternoon, as he is running an English Hockey Association coaching course.
Another international will be making his first League appearance for Southgate - Trinidad's captain, Kwandwane Browne.
To make way for Browne, Southgate have had to de-register South African international Craig Carolan to keep their quota of overseas players at the permitted three. Carolan, already approached by East Grinstead, is certain to become the target of quite a few clubs.
Duncan Woods returns for Southgate after a two-week suspension from coach Neil Hawgood, following a difference of views. Leaders Canterbury entertain pointless Brooklands.