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Tshibola aims to emulate Obita

23 June 2014

Aaron delighted to remain a Royal

Royals youngster Aaron Tshibola says he's inspired by Jordan Obita's rise to the first team and aims to follow in his footsteps.

The skilful midfielder, who agreed a new two-year deal on Friday, praised the Club's successful Academy and believes many more of our young players have a great opportunity at Reading.

"Me and Jordan are quite close and just watching him break through inspired me," he told Reading FC Player. "He's a great person to look up to, he does everything right. He's given me great motivation to achieve what he has, I'm striving to do just that.

"The Academy is great here and we've got some really good young players in the under-21s and 18s - I can't image how it will be next season with more great youngsters coming through.

"There's a great future for the young boys. The gaffer likes to bring young players through - and there have been many others who have been travelling with the team and been on the bench.

Watch the full interview on Reading FC Player.

"I'm an ambitious person. I had a good season last year with the under-21s, and now I'm aiming to push for a first team place and hopefully from pre-season I can work hard and go from there."

Aaron has been with the Royals since joining as a schoolboy at the age of 13, and had no doubts about staying at Madejski Stadium. The 19-year-old was named on the bench three times last season and is determined to even get closer to the first team.

"Growing up here as a kid, I've known that this is the place I want to be," he added. "I'm delighted that I've signed a new deal and I'm looking forward to the new season.

"Overall, it's was a very good season last year. The under-21s did very well, especially the young lads coming into that group - they've been amazing.

"We've all been pushed, myself as well being on the fringes of the first team. It's been magnificent to be in and around the team and on the bench for some games. I'm learned from all these experiences. It's time for me to kick on now and hopefully build on it and get to another level.

"It was an amazing experience to be on the bench for the first time at Derby, seeing the fans and feeling the atmosphere was a great experience for me - after that I wanted it to happen a lot more."

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