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Jordan Obita

Born: 8th December 1993 
Nationality: English 
Position: Left-back 
Royals first team debut: Torquay 0-1 Reading – 11/08/10 
Appearances: 146(+16)*   
Goals: 4

Obita‘s Story:
Initially a central midfielder, Obita homed in on his talents in his favoured left wing role and has become one of several Reading Academy players that have gone on to represent the first team. 

He had trials with Oxford United, his hometown club, before instead opting to join the Royals in 2002 at the age of eight.   

The young midfielder fine-tuned his talents while on loan spells with Barnet, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Oldham and finally Nottingham Forest. His first senior goal came during his time at the Gills, scoring in a 3-1 win over Barnet in League Two. 

He joined back with the Royals for the start of the 2013/14 season, with Nigel Adkins handing him his home debut as a substitute for Garath McCleary in our 2-0 win over Birmingham three games into the season. 

However it was much earlier when he first made his bow in a Reading shirt – back in August 2010, he emerged from the bench in extra-time to play a part in our Carling Cup success away to Torquay. 

It was during the 2013/14 season that a breach in the left-back spot prompted a switch in position for Obita. His efforts within the defensive line impelled Reading fans to vote him as their Player of the Season that year. 

Consistency personified, he retained the left-back spot for the 2014/15 season, providing solid last ditch tackles as well as danger for the opposition going forward.   

By the end of 2015/16 Obita had made over 100 league appearances for the Royals and he continued to be a regular first team star in 2016-17, scoring a vital goal at Craven Cottage to take the play-off semi-final into a second leg with Fulham and Reading all square; he rifled low inside the bottom right corner to earn Reading a 1-1 draw in the first leg having scored two other spectacular efforts against Ipswich and Burton Albion earlier in the season.

*Stats correct as of 01/06/17