Doncaster Rovers: Obita eager to start for Reading

Nigel Adkins.
Nigel Adkins.

Winger Jordan Obita has Doncaster in his sights to mark his third senior start.

The youngster was a bright spark for Reading in the Burnley defeat - a positive in an otherwise disappointing result for the Royals.

However, Obita will have to continue to impress with the likes of Royston Drenthe closing in on a return from a foot injury.

But the 19-year-old says he will not be giving up his shirt lightly and is eager to start in the clash against Rovers.

“There are a lot of big names that are out,” he told The Reading Post.

“But if I’m doing better than them, I would like to think I could play in front of them and be trusted.

“My main aim is to get in front of everyone who is in my way at the moment.

“You have to believe in your ability. Your ability will take you where you want to go.

“But if I’m not in the team against Doncaster then I just have to make sure I’m in the team for the game after that.”

Reading boast a promising pool of young talent with fellow academy graduate Jake Taylor coming on for the final half hour at Turf Moor.

Others to watch out for include Gozie Ugwu, Dominic Samuel and Lawson D’ath.

The talented contigent have hopes of following in the footsteps of Reading regulars Jem Karacan, Alex McCarthy and Alex Pearce.

And Nigel Adkins is more than happy to give academy stars a taste of first team action with several options likely to be available to him when Paul Dickov’s men arrive into Berkshire.

Obita added: “I’ve played with Jake [Taylor] for years now. And players like Gozie Ugwu and Lawson D’ath who are all good players.

“The gaffer likes to bring the youngsters into training and they’ve been on the bench a few times.

“He wants academy players to come up through the ranks and get into the first team.”