Obika returns a more committed man

Town striker Jonathan Obika

Town striker Jonathan Obika

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

SWINDON Town’s new signing Jonathan Obika may only be 23 but he feels like he has gained vast experience from the series of loan spells he undertook while at Tottenham Hotspur.

Obika has been at seven different club across 11 loan periods but has now found himself a permanent home at the County Ground.

One of the loan spells the mobile striker had was at Swindon in the second half of the 2010/11 season. He only played in five games before a change of manager cut his stay short but the overall impression he left at the time was not entirely positive.

Obika is now ready to demonstrate the promise that saw Tottenham keep him on their books for so long with some positive performances for Swindon.

“You learn a lot as a player. I came here when I was quite young and I feel you mature as a player,” he said.

“I’ve gone on a lot of loans, I don’t necessarily think it was a bad thing. You learn a lot from different characters and it’s got me to this point.

“I’ve always wanted a permanent (move). I feel good and glad that the gaffer was interested in me and got the deal done.

“I feel what really made me come here was the gaffer’s philosophy. I spoke to players like Yaser (Kasim) and they speak so highly of him, so I became like a fan really. I watched the Brighton game. What the Brighton manager Sami Hyppia said about them is just a testament to what they’ve been doing.”

Obika has now joined the ever-growing list of former Spurs players at County Ground, along with Kasim, Massimo Luongo, Nathan Byrne, Jake Reeves and Jack Barthram. Though Obika’s loans have also acquainted him with a few other of Town’s squad members, which make him feel his second spell at the club will be more positive.

“It’s not only people that I’ve played with at Spurs but I’ve been on loan with Wardy (Darren Ward), (Michael) Smithy at Charlton and Yeovil with Willo (Andy Williams), so it’s been very comfortable and they’ve all welcomed me,” he added.

“Football changes quickly. You always have to learn from your past and hope to improve.

“That’s a memory of the past (the 2011 loan). You grow and learn, I’m just looking forward to cracking on now.

“That’s how football is, it changes quickly, you always have to learn from your past and hope to improve.

“I’m someone who’s committed. This is my home now. Because of my commitment you will see the quality and I love goals.”

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6:41am Wed 3 Sep 14

port de soller says...

yes feel the player has matured since last on loan at the CG.When you compare the Team hes spent time with here 2 years ago wo there is a vast difference, wish him all the best and if he gives a 100% effort what more can we ask for.I believe he will get goals.
GOOD LUCK TO HIM
yes feel the player has matured since last on loan at the CG.When you compare the Team hes spent time with here 2 years ago wo there is a vast difference, wish him all the best and if he gives a 100% effort what more can we ask for.I believe he will get goals. GOOD LUCK TO HIM port de soller
  • Score: 1

8:31am Wed 3 Sep 14

umpcah says...

port de soller wrote:
yes feel the player has matured since last on loan at the CG.When you compare the Team hes spent time with here 2 years ago wo there is a vast difference, wish him all the best and if he gives a 100% effort what more can we ask for.I believe he will get goals.
GOOD LUCK TO HIM
OK Jonathan , clean slate for you . Now start banging `em in for Swindon !
[quote][p][bold]port de soller[/bold] wrote: yes feel the player has matured since last on loan at the CG.When you compare the Team hes spent time with here 2 years ago wo there is a vast difference, wish him all the best and if he gives a 100% effort what more can we ask for.I believe he will get goals. GOOD LUCK TO HIM[/p][/quote]OK Jonathan , clean slate for you . Now start banging `em in for Swindon ! umpcah
  • Score: 2

8:44am Wed 3 Sep 14

harley red says...

What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has harley red
  • Score: 22

9:08am Wed 3 Sep 14

Penhill54 says...

harley red wrote:
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach!
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has[/p][/quote]I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach! Penhill54
  • Score: -17

9:14am Wed 3 Sep 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

I reckon he just might be a superb signing. The lad has a lot of good attributes and with our positive dressing room environment his confidence will grow and he will flourish. Good luck Jon, Power and Cooper are no mugs when buying players and they have seen something special in you.
I reckon he just might be a superb signing. The lad has a lot of good attributes and with our positive dressing room environment his confidence will grow and he will flourish. Good luck Jon, Power and Cooper are no mugs when buying players and they have seen something special in you. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 1

9:51am Wed 3 Sep 14

harley red says...

Penhill54 wrote:
harley red wrote:
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach!
Thought this was a debate about football . Not a fcuking spelling test you tosser
[quote][p][bold]Penhill54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has[/p][/quote]I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach![/p][/quote]Thought this was a debate about football . Not a fcuking spelling test you tosser harley red
  • Score: 10

10:00am Wed 3 Sep 14

london paolo says...

He speaks very well. Hope he translates that into form on the pitch, and specifically, into goals. Clean slate, as some have said.
He speaks very well. Hope he translates that into form on the pitch, and specifically, into goals. Clean slate, as some have said. london paolo
  • Score: 1

11:11am Wed 3 Sep 14

umpcah says...

harley red wrote:
Penhill54 wrote:
harley red wrote:
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach!
Thought this was a debate about football . Not a fcuking spelling test you tosser
If the Adver can make spelling mistakes why not posters ? HR : Your response was a bit strong ! Please control yourself and look forward to the Bradford match !
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Penhill54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has[/p][/quote]I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach![/p][/quote]Thought this was a debate about football . Not a fcuking spelling test you tosser[/p][/quote]If the Adver can make spelling mistakes why not posters ? HR : Your response was a bit strong ! Please control yourself and look forward to the Bradford match ! umpcah
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Penhill54 says...

umpcah wrote:
harley red wrote:
Penhill54 wrote:
harley red wrote:
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach!
Thought this was a debate about football . Not a fcuking spelling test you tosser
If the Adver can make spelling mistakes why not posters ? HR : Your response was a bit strong ! Please control yourself and look forward to the Bradford match !
Yes, fair point umpcah, I apologise
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Penhill54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has[/p][/quote]I'd be more impressed with the quote if he could spell waste properly, not the one that goes around your stomach![/p][/quote]Thought this was a debate about football . Not a fcuking spelling test you tosser[/p][/quote]If the Adver can make spelling mistakes why not posters ? HR : Your response was a bit strong ! Please control yourself and look forward to the Bradford match ![/p][/quote]Yes, fair point umpcah, I apologise Penhill54
  • Score: -20

2:29pm Wed 3 Sep 14

you gots ta be kidding me says...

I welcome him and think he will be a good player for us, Power and pace, I don't feel we should judge him on the last outing for us, good player who managers have only ever said good things about.
I welcome him and think he will be a good player for us, Power and pace, I don't feel we should judge him on the last outing for us, good player who managers have only ever said good things about. you gots ta be kidding me
  • Score: -19

3:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Swindonian63 says...

harley red wrote:
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
His interview suggests he's motivated and committed. Why not just give him a chance?
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has[/p][/quote]His interview suggests he's motivated and committed. Why not just give him a chance? Swindonian63
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Wed 3 Sep 14

swwindon61uk says...

And also when he misses his first chance lets not get on his back.
He will miss a few like Smith but i am sure he is going to score a few also.
And also when he misses his first chance lets not get on his back. He will miss a few like Smith but i am sure he is going to score a few also. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Wed 3 Sep 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

harley red wrote:
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
Why are you always negative ?
Have you ever posted a positive comment ? (Serious question).
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has[/p][/quote]Why are you always negative ? Have you ever posted a positive comment ? (Serious question). TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: -24

7:17pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Brainy_60 says...

Look, he's been out on loan 11 times to 7 clubs in just a few years. He now has a home, he is one of us, let's get behind the lad, make him welcome and I'm sure the goals will come.
Look, he's been out on loan 11 times to 7 clubs in just a few years. He now has a home, he is one of us, let's get behind the lad, make him welcome and I'm sure the goals will come. Brainy_60
  • Score: -11

7:36pm Wed 3 Sep 14

swwindon61uk says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
harley red wrote:
What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has
Why are you always negative ?
Have you ever posted a positive comment ? (Serious question).
Attention seeking that is all he/she seeks.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: What a waist of money unless his attitude and performance has changed a lot . Here's hoping it has[/p][/quote]Why are you always negative ? Have you ever posted a positive comment ? (Serious question).[/p][/quote]Attention seeking that is all he/she seeks. swwindon61uk
  • Score: -27

9:32pm Wed 3 Sep 14

smirg kcab says...

Wasnt on my wish list. But an extra player, which was greatly needed upfront.
Good luck and a clean slate from me.
The futures cooper
Wasnt on my wish list. But an extra player, which was greatly needed upfront. Good luck and a clean slate from me. The futures cooper smirg kcab
  • Score: -20

5:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

red steam zulu says...

Brainy_60 wrote:
Look, he's been out on loan 11 times to 7 clubs in just a few years. He now has a home, he is one of us, let's get behind the lad, make him welcome and I'm sure the goals will come.
yeah thats what i was going to say ,he needs some confidence ,hes got potential but needs belief in himself cheer him on even if he makes a **** up or two ,
[quote][p][bold]Brainy_60[/bold] wrote: Look, he's been out on loan 11 times to 7 clubs in just a few years. He now has a home, he is one of us, let's get behind the lad, make him welcome and I'm sure the goals will come.[/p][/quote]yeah thats what i was going to say ,he needs some confidence ,hes got potential but needs belief in himself cheer him on even if he makes a **** up or two , red steam zulu
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Thu 4 Sep 14

red steam zulu says...

Brainy_60 wrote:
Look, he's been out on loan 11 times to 7 clubs in just a few years. He now has a home, he is one of us, let's get behind the lad, make him welcome and I'm sure the goals will come.
yeah thats what i was going to say ,he needs some confidence ,hes got potential but needs belief in himself cheer him on even if he makes a **** up or two ,
[quote][p][bold]Brainy_60[/bold] wrote: Look, he's been out on loan 11 times to 7 clubs in just a few years. He now has a home, he is one of us, let's get behind the lad, make him welcome and I'm sure the goals will come.[/p][/quote]yeah thats what i was going to say ,he needs some confidence ,hes got potential but needs belief in himself cheer him on even if he makes a **** up or two , red steam zulu
  • Score: 1

5:39pm Sat 13 Sep 14

swindonsupporter5 says...

Well done for the 2 goals today!
Well done for the 2 goals today! swindonsupporter5
  • Score: 1
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