Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that Jordan Obita has completed the paperwork on a new three-year deal which will tie him to the club until the summer of 2020.
Royals boss Jaap Stam said, “Jordan was here years before I joined the club and over that time he has proven his ability as a winger, a left-back and a wing back.
“Players with a great left foot are hard to find and his set pieces, delivery into the opposition’s box and passing ability across the pitch were all very important to us as he shared that left side with Tyler last season, so I’m very happy we have been able to keep him at the club with this new contract.”
Obita is the embodiment of Academy success, joining the Royals’ youth ranks at the age of eight to emerge as a real talent and represent the first team within weeks of becoming a full time scholar at the tender age of just 16 in 2010.
Loan spells at Barnet, Gillingham, Portsmouth and Oldham added first team experience to his CV before he fully broke into Reading’s first team – making the left back slot his own to win the official Player of the Season accolade at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
The former England U21 international has 146(+16) appearances to his name to date and, despite still only being 23 years of age, Obita will aim to edge closer to his 150th start for the club next month when he hopes to return from a minor injury picked up in pre-season.
Royals fans will be hoping for more of the same from the left footer, who ended 2016-17 in scintillating form; he scored a wonderful goal in our final league fixture of the season at Burton Albion before rifling home a crucial play-off semi-final goal at Craven Cottage which ultimately earned us a trip to Wembley in May.
And the Oxford-born full-back opened his account for the new campaign with another fine strike in pre-season, scoring from a set piece against Club Brugge out in Oosterbeek, Holland.
Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “At 23 years of age, Jordan is still a very young player who has the potential to become better and better as a key member of this Reading squad...but he also has invaluable first experience with so many appearances under his belt already. So it was important that, in the last year of his contract at the club, we offered him a new deal that his performances last season truly warranted. I’m delighted he’s signed on the dotted line.”
Sporting Director Brian Tevreden added, “Jordan has earned this new contract at a club which he has called home for fifteen years! A versatile, very talented footballer, he remains a valuable member of the first team squad at Reading and I’m pleased he has committed his future to the Royals until 2020.”