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English club parts ways with Ugandan midfielder

The former Arsenal academy youngster scored eight goals and managed three assists in the U-23 League

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Skybet Championship club Reading FC have released Ugandan offensive midfielder Jayden Roy Onen after only one year.

Despite an excellent 2020/21 season, Onen is one of the many players released by the Royals who have opted to cut costs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sam Baldock, Sone Aluko, Sam Walker, Tennai Watson, Ryan East, Conor Lawless, Oli Pendlebury and Sam Smith are the other players released by the club.

Onen, 20, joined Reading in September last year and subsequently became the club’s best performer in the U-23 League after failing to penetrate into the senior team.

He only made one appearance in the Championship against Norwich and another in the FA Cup defeat to Luton Town. He was an unused substitute on 16 occasions.

The former Arsenal academy youngster however scored eight goals and managed three assists for the Reading U-23 side in the U-23 League.

For starters, Onen was born on 17th February 2001 to Brian Innocent Onen and Dion Joan Chapman in North Middlesex Hospital in Edmonton, London.

His father left Uganda in the 1970’s due to the political insurgency that existed in the country at that time.

The young offensive midfielder is a former player at Arsenal Youth Academy, Crystal Palace, Brighton Hove and Albion, Bromley and Brentford B.

Under Johnathan McKinstry, Onen earned his first national team call up and was named in the preliminary squad that was meant to take on South Sudan in March last year but the AFCON qualifiers were later postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

He was part of the Uganda Cranes squad that went for a training camp in Dubai in October last year year.

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