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Date of birth



180 cm





Full-back Jordan Obita came through the Reading Academy ranks and represented the first team aged just 16.

Within weeks of becoming a full time scholar, he was in the squad for a League Cup game at Torquay and came off the bench in extra-time. 

Obita sparkled in pre-season ahead of the 2011-12 campaign and spent the majority of that season on loan at Barnet and Gillingham perfecting his natural born talent. 

He made his first league start for the Royals in a 3-1 Championship victory away at Derby County in 2012-13 and then made substitute appearances against Birmingham and Burnley in the next two weeks.

His breakthrough season was in the 2013-14, scoring his first senior Reading goal in a thrilling 3-2 away win at Nottingham Forest that November. He impressed all year in an unfamiliar left back position which he made his own picking up the official Player of the Season award as a result.

After establishing himself as a key member of the first team, he clinched a place in Gareth Southgate's final England Under-21 squad of the 2014 season, for a Euro qualifier in Wales and the Toulon Tournament in France that May.

By the end of 2015-16, Obita had made over 100 league appearances for the Royals, and has come a long way since his debut way back in 2010.

And in 2016-17, Obita scored 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.

Unfortunately, the defender missed a majority of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaign after sustaining an injury early in September 2017.

His long-awaited return to competitive senior action came after a 703-day hiatus from the game, where he overcame the knee-injury that kept him out for almost two years to captain the side against Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Cup in August 2019.