Former Wycombe Wanderers left-back Jordan Obita has revealed the reason why he left the club this summer for a move to Scottish side Hibernian.

 The 29-year-old spent two-and-a-half years with the Chairboys where he played 95 times and scored five goals.

However, despite being one of the first names on Gareth Ainsworth’s and Matt Bloomfield’s teamsheet, the ex-Reading man opted for a move north of the border after his contract with the Adams Park club expired.

On his time at Wycombe, which saw him arrive from Thames Valley rivals Oxford United in the January transfer window of 2021, he said: “Gareth trusted me to try and help Wycombe stay in the Championship.

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“Unfortunately, we missed out by one point and the year after I played 53 games but we lost out in the play-off final.

“The second year was a bit more disappointing because we didn’t reach our target of the play-offs.

“It was a tough year because the standard of League One had gone up massively.

“When it came to the end of the season, we tried to sort something and unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

“I was having discussions constantly with Matt Bloomfield and I said had an offer I couldn’t really refuse.

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“Coming to Scotland to play SPL and European football, I said to Matt that I would probably never get this opportunity again, so I wanted to take it.”

Despite having a relatively short stint at Adams Park, Obita confirmed himself as a fan favourite due to his performances in the 2021/22 season, where he registered five goals and seven assists.

This includes scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in April 2022 in front of 9,005 fans – the highest-attended Wanderers fixture of the season.

He also scored six days later Wycombe's 2-1 win over Burton Albion, which cemented their place in the play-offs that year.

But a 2-0 defeat against Sunderland in the play-off final, followed by an injury-hit second full season at Adams Park so Obita seek a new challenge this summer.

He continued: “Gareth Ainsworth trusted me and brought me from Oxford as I was only there for three months.

“And being at Wycombe reminded me of the old Reading, especially when Brian McDermott was there.

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“Down-to-earth people who wanted to work hard every day and have some form of success.

“That is what Gareth Ainsworth brought to the club and I believe it is still the same under Matt Bloomfield.

“He was with Gareth Ainsworth for a very long time.

“To get our careers back on track there was perfect: it was local, Championship football and a very competitive League One team pushing for the play-offs every year.”

Since moving to Hibs, Obita has scored one goal in 19 matches.