Obita eyes new Royals deal
Youngster determined to prove his worth
Last Updated: August 2, 2012 9:08pm
Jordan Obita: Determined to earn a regular role in the Reading side
Promising winger Jordan Obita has expressed a desire to remain at Reading and earn an extension to his current contract.
The 18-year-old has just 12 months left to run on his deal at the Madejski Stadium.
A product of the Royals' academy system, Obita has made two senior appearances to date - both in the League Cup.
He is, however, confident that he can force his way into Brian McDermott's thoughts this season and prove that he is a Premier League performer.
"I want to stay here, it's a great club," Obita told the Reading Post.
"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 feels two loan spells last season, at Barnet and Gillingham, have helped to improve his game.
"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."