Rising star Obita keen to sign new Reading FC dealBy Jonny Fordham
August 02, 2012
Jordan Obita has told Reading he is ready to commit his future to the club and continue his footballing education.
The 18-year-old winger has made just two appearances for Royals – both in the League Cup – but he is aiming high this season.
And with just 12 months to go on his contract, the Oxford-born teen sees his long-term future at Madejski Stadium under Brian McDermott.
The Academy graduate said: “I want to stay here – it’s a great club. There are a lot of great players here and everyone in the first-team has been good to me.
“In Portugal I was rooming with Adrian Mariappa and he went through the youth ranks at Watford and talks to me a lot.
“I want to be in the matchday squad so bad, but he told me there is always time. I know I’m young, but I want to keep pushing forward.
“Playing Premier League football will be my main challenge – trying to get into the team is my main aim.
“My ambitions are high and I want to get in there as quick as I can.”
Obita had two loan spells last season at Barnet and then Gillingham, where he scored three times in just six appearances.
“Both spells were good and I enjoyed them,” he said.
“You have to settle in and gel quickly when you’re only at a club like Gillingham for a month.
“That experience will help me a lot for this season. Playing league games is a big difference to the reserve games I was used to.
“You’re under pressure to win points and earn your spot in the team as well.”
Another loan spell hasn’t been ruled out for now, but with manager McDermott taking him on the pre-season training camp for the second year running, Obita knows he has a great chance to impress.
But with skipper Jobi McAnuff and Hal Robson-Kanu both ahead of him in the pecking order on the left wing, the task won’t be easy.
He added: “I’m really pleased to have been picked again.
“I wasn’t really expecting to go as it’s a big squad with new signings so I knew I would have to work hard right from the start for the gaffer to pick me.
“I haven’t spoken to the manager or Nick Hammond yet about going out on loan, but that might be an option to think about after pre-season.”