JONATHAN Obika was attracted to Swindon Town by the prospect of working with manager Mark Cooper.
Link Sport understands Obika was the subject of interest from Coventry City and Bristol City before penning a Deadline Day deal at the County Ground, moving from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported £200,000 fee.
Speaking to the press following his arrival, the striker stressed that he has become a “fan” of the way Cooper sets up his teams and can’t wait to get involved himself.
“What really made me come here is the gaffer’s philosophy,” he said. “I spoke to players like Yaser (Kasim) and they speak so highly of him. I became a fan.
“I watched the Brighton game also and what Sami Hyypia said about them is just testament to what they’re doing.”
Obika has played with around half of the current Town squad at some point during his career. He was in the same Spurs youth set-up as Massimo Luongo, Nathan Byrne, Yaser Kasim and Jack Barthram, played with Andy Williams at Yeovil Town and alongside Michael Smith at Charlton Athletic, while he was on loan at Brighton & Hove Alvion at the same time as George Barker.
Therefore, settling into life in Swindon is not proving to be a problem, as he explained: “I feel good and glad that the gaffer was interested in me. I know both strikers, it’s been very comfortable and I’ve been welcomed well.”