By Brian Sentuuya.
Uganda Cranes starlet Jayden Roy Onen has officially joined Reading football club U-23 side months after being released by Brentford B FC.
Onen whose ancestors originate from Zombo, West Nile was born on 17th February 2001 to Brian Innocent Onen and Dion Joan Chapman.
He was born at North Middlesex Hospital in Edmonton since his father left Uganda in the 1970s and sought asylum in England because of the political instabilities in the pearl of Africa by then.
He began his career at the Arsenal FC Youth until November 2017, played for Brighton and Hove U18 team in the 2017/18 season were he played in the Premier league U18 making sixteen appearances.
Brentford originally signed Onen in 2018 as a free agent on a one and half-year deal with an option to extend his stay at the club for one more year which would have kept him at the club up to the summer of 2021 but few months back the club arrived at a decision to release him.
The fleet-footed offensive midfielder was part of the provisional Cranes squad summoned by tactian Johnathan Mckinstry that could have welcomed South Sudan on 28th March before travelling to play away from home on 31st March in Group B of the 2022 Cameroon AFCON qualifiers.
Onen, who is yet to make his debut appearance for Uganda holds British citizenship but FUFA before Covid-19 was working around the clock to ensure he attains duo citizenship before the 2022 Cameroon AFCON qualification double header tie against South Sudan which was due to take place earlier this year in March but was postponed due to the outbreak of the deadly Corona virus worldwide.
The former Brentford midfielder had been chased by a host of clubs in England but it is Reading FC who have secured his signature.
He will feature for Reading FC reserves in the 2020/2021 season as the senior technical team assesses his progress.
All the best Jayden 🇺🇬