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Obita puts pen to paper

10 December 2013

Jordan signs new Royals contract

Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that young midfielder Jordan Obita has penned a new deal with the club, keeping him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2017.

Obita, who only turned 20 on Sunday, has progressed superbly since graduating from our Academy in 2010 – firmly establishing himself in Nigel Adkins’ first team plans this season.

“It feels great to sign another contract at Reading,” he said. “It’s a club I’ve been at since I was eight years old, 11 years in total now, going through the ranks and now playing in the first team.

“So much has changed since I signed my first professional deal here, so to sign again is a fantastic feeling.”

He scored his first goal in Reading colours during our 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest, the match-winner in fact! And, after a series of loan spells that followed his Royals debut at the tender age of 16, Jordan has now found the net in League Two, League One, the Championship and the FA Cup. 

Jordan has also already impressed at international level with England under-19s, and with his future now secured at the Reading Football Club, he will certainly have a great opportunity to progress even further.

Director of Football Nick Hammond, added “I’m delighted to see Jordan sign this contract. His current deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has made massive strides in the last six months and we really felt this summer that he was ready to play first team football.

“And it’s a special one for the club, because he’s been here since he was eight years old. I remember Geoff Warner and I watching him at Oxford as an 8-year-old, and to see a boy to come through our Academy ranks from that age and break into our first team, I’m really, really pleased.

“Of course he now needs to progress and to continue to work hard and cement his place in the team. He’s a great example to all of our young Academy players now striving to make that step to the senior group.

"He's a fantastic boy from a very good family, and he is a product of the magnificent support they have given and continue to give him.”

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