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Pierce began his footballing career with Bray Wanderers where he was spotted by former Exeter City manager and then head of the Reading academy Eamonn Dolan.
The Irish-born defender never played a first-team match for the Royals, but won the 2013/14 Under-21 Premier League Cup during his time at the Madjeski Stadium.
Having been recommended to City by Eamo, Pierce came on trial at the club during the summer of 2016 and, after impressing in pre-season games, he signed as the club’s 1931 fan-funded player.
The 1931 Fund – named after the year City made the quarter-finals of the FA Cup – is a group of supporters who, through a monthly payment, raise money to pay or help pay for an extra member of Paul Tisdale’s squad.
Pierce had a very successful first season at the club, playing 37 times for the Grecians as they reached the League Two play-off final.