Former Reading FC academy graduate Jordan Obita has found a new club, joining Reading FC's rivals Oxford United on an initial one-year deal.

The 26-year-old had trials with Oxford United as a youngster, before opting to join the Reading FC academy in 2000 at the age of seven.

He came through the Royals academy and made his first team debut back in 2010, coming on as a substitute in the League Cup tie against Torquay United at the age of just 16.

His progress at the Madejski Stadium was hampered by two serious knee injuries which effectively wiped out two seasons of his career.

However, he regained full fitness and made a total of 18 starts (26 appearances in total) last season, featuring regularly in the post-lockdown period at the end of the 2019-20 season.

His departure was a surprise to many Reading fans, who believed that he could provide effective back-up as both a left-sided defender and midfielder this season,

Oxford United will have the option to extend Obita's deal by a further 12 months at the end of the current season.

Speaking to the club website, U's manager Karl Robinson said: "To pick up someone who has made over 200 appearances, mostly at a higher level is great for us and gives up options and real competition at left back and on the left of midfield.

"People will know he has had injury problems in the past, that’s why we took our time and gave him a chance to prove he is fit and can stand up to what will be a very demanding schedule.

"But he has slotted in very well, he is another local lad from Oxford who obviously knows the culture of the city and the club and he now gets the chance to show us what he can do.”

Obita told the Oxford club website: "I’ve been impressed by everything I have seen over the last few weeks and can’t wait to get started.

"I’ve worked hard not just over the last couple of weeks but all summer as well. This is a good squad of players."