JONATHAN Obika is delighted to be able to call Swindon home, and he’s planning on proving his quality in front of goal in the coming weeks.
The striker, signed from Tottenham Hotspur on Deadline Day, is all too aware that some supporters still hold a miserable loan spell at the County Ground back in 2011 against him, but he intends to win them over through his commitment to the cause.
Obika was sent out on loan 11 times to seven separate clubs during his six-year Spurs career, only playing four times for the Premier League side in the process, but after a nomadic existence for more than half a decade he now has the chance to bed down to life in Wiltshire.
And, as a result, he says fans can expect high levels of performance from him over the course of 2014/15.
“It (a permanent move) is what I’ve wanted,” he told Link Sport.
“At Spurs you want your chance but when you don’t get it you have to look and make a career for yourself. I’m glad I’m a permanent Robin now.
“Everyone’s passionate. If you support a club you’re passionate and you want the players on the pitch to give their all. I’m committed, this is my club and you’ll see the quality from me.”
Harking back to his five games without a goal for Swindon in 2011, when he was signed by Danny Wilson only for the then-Town boss to be replaced by Paul Hart almost immediately, Obika said: “That’s a memory in the past. You grow and learn and I’m just looking forward to cracking on now. You always have to learn from your past and hopefully improve.
“I’m someone who’s committed. This is my home now and because of my commitment you’ll see quality. I just love goals.”
Obika will fight for a starting place alongside Michael Smith with Andy Williams, who he played with at Yeovil Town, and he can already feel the energy amongst the Swindon squad.
“They’re great strikers. I feel the team as a whole is young and everyone is ambitious. That will run through the whole team,” he said.