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6 July 2017 : Obika Stays In League One With Oxford Move
Former multiple loanee Jonathan Obika has stayed in League One for the 2017-18 season. The Tottenham Hotspur Academy graduate has left Swindon Town - who were relegated to League Two at the end of the 2016-17 season - and joined arch-rivals Oxford United on a two year contract.

Obika is known for his myriad of loan spells whilst he was a youngster at Spurs. As well as his four spells with Yeovil Town, he was borrowed by Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterbrough United, Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion. It was Swindon who finally broke that chain in September 2014, taking him to the County Ground for what was believed to be a 200,000 fee. He spent three seasons there, scoring 28 goals in 102 appearances.

Swindon had a disaster of a season during 2016-17, and that coincided with Obika's contract running out. Oxford boss Pep Clotet said that his scouting set-up had highlighted the player's availability:

"We have a really good recruitment team here and Jon is someone the club has been monitoring for a while. He has great pedigree, is able to play in a number of positions and gives us options up front, so we are very pleased that he has agreed to join us. We're eager to welcome Jon and begin working him so as to allow him to settle into the squad during pre-season."

Overall, Obika got through 74 matches for Yeovil Town between 2009 and 2012, covering four loan spells that saw him score 18 goals.

Link: Jonathan Obika : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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