Youngster looking forward after signing new contractJordan Obitaput pen to paper on his new three-year Royals contract on Thursday afternoon and now he wants to push his own game to new heights.
With 89 competitive first team appearances for Reading to his name at the age of just 21 – not to mentioned nine youth international caps for England – Obita is fast becoming yet another beacon for what can be achieved by an Academy graduate at Madejski Stadium.
And the left-back is hopeful that he can keep developing even further in the 2015-16 season, and in doing so help this Reading team to have a memorable and successful campaign.
“It’s good for both me and the club that I’ve signed a new contract,” Jordan said. “Now I need to kick on and show my performances on the pitch, and make sure that I can help the club get to the next level – which is the Premier League!
“It has been good to come through the Academy and get into the first team as quicky as I did and to stay there, and I need to make sure that I stay there this season as well. I’ve been here since I was eight years now – now I’m 21, and I’ve played close to a hundred games for Reading, which is a great achievement for me.
“Both the previous manager and the current manager have shown real faith in me - and my performances must have been good to stay in the team. I’ve got to make sure that this year is better than last year. I played a lot of games last year – and I felt it over the summer! But I want to play as many games as I did last year or more if I can.”
After racking up a huge 51 first team appearances last year, Obita has continued his first team involvement by featuring prominently in pre-season. Jordan even had the honour of captaincy duty for the evening when the Royals lined up at Bristol Rovers last week, running out 2-0 winners.
“It was nice for me to captain the team,” continued Jordan. “The manager put the armband in my hand when I was going to get some water! It was a great feeling to lead the team out and it was good that he showed trust in a young player to do that.
“Anton Ferdinand was on the pitch that day, and he’s someone that has played in the Premier League for many years – so to lead him out was great for me. I try to be a leader, and he helped me out a lot on the pitch. I like to talk out on the pitch and organise things quickly, so hopefully this season I can do more of that.”
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