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Obita signs new Royals contract

30 July 2015

Full back commits future to Reading

Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that defender Jordan Obita has today signed an extension to his Royals contract, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2018.

Manager Steve Clarke said, "I'm delighted that Jordan has committed to Reading Football Club by signing his new deal.

"He is a young player with a great future ahead and the fact that he trusts us here at Reading to help him develop and take his game to the next level is good news for all concerned."

Jordan, now 21, has been a Reading player since joining the Academy at the age of eight!  After progressing through the ranks as a Royal, he made his first team debut as a 16-year-old against Torquay United the League Cup back in August 2010.

Following loan spells away from Madejski Stadium to get first team experience with Barnet, Gillingham, Portsmouth and Oldham, Obita not only made a first team place his own in 2013-14 but he his breakthrough was complete when he was named as the club’s official 2013-14 ‘Player of the Season’ that summer.

Last season, the former England under-20 international made 51 competitive appearances in Royals colours, including featuring regularly at left-back in the club’s run to the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Obita, one of 15 former Academy graduates in the current squad to have played first team football for the Royals, has already made more than 100 starts in professional football and is on course to reach his ton of competitive appearances for Reading before his 22nd birthday in December this year.

The full-back has featured in all of Reading’s pre-season games so far this summer and wore the captain’s armband for the first time in a 2-0 away win at Bristol Rovers earlier this month.

Director of Football Nick Hammond, who held the role of Youth Academy Director when Jordan first joined the club back in 2002, said “It’s an important signing for the club because he’s an outstanding young player who is destined for big things.

“Jordan is a player who has been in our system since the age of eight, and he understands the ethos and culture of this club.  It is important that he’s come through our Academy – he is the sort of player we are trying to produce here. So I am delighted.”

Chief Executive Nigel Howe added, “Jordan is one of our own and it is great to see another Academy graduate commit his future to a club he knows inside out.”

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