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Jordan Obita

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

08/12/1993

Signed

01/07/2010

Country

England

Jordan Obita is just one of many Reading Academy players that have gone on to represent the first team.

The Oxford-born defender had trials with his hometown club but instead opted to join the Royals Academy at the age of eight.

Initially at central midfielder, vast competition meant that Obita swapped the middle of the park to play in a favoured left wing role.

The young midfielder honed in on his talents while on loan spells with Barnet, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Oldham and finally Nottingham Forest. His first senior goal coming 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, making his home debut when Nigel Adkins brought him on for Garath McCleary in a 2-0 win over Birmingham three games into the season.

However it was much earlier when he first made a bow for the Royals, back in August 2010, when he emerged from the bench in extra time to play a part in our League Cup win away at Torquay.

During the 2013/14 season, a whole in the left back spot prompted a switch in position for Obita, and his efforts in defence prompted Reading fans to vote him as their Player of the Season.

His consistent performances has led to him retaining the left-back spot for last season, providing solid last ditch tackles as well as danger for the opposition going forward.

He’s played for the England U21s during his career but has yet to make his senior international debut. At the age of 21, he still has plenty of years ahead of him and plenty more opportunities to make his full England cap.

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