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June 13, 2024

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Uganda Cranes midfielder leaves Reading after only a season

Jayden Roy Onen will be a free agent when his employment contract with Skybet Championship club Reading FC expires on June 30th.

Reading opted not to renew Onen’s contract despite his impressive performance in the U23 League.

The Royals have released a number of players in a bid to cut costs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

These include first team players Sam Baldock, Sone Aluko, Sam Walker, Tennai Watson, Ryan East, Conor Lawless, Oli Pendlebury and Sam Smith.

Onen starred for the Reading U-23 team and scored eight goals and made three assists but failed to penetrate into the senior team.

The 20 year old made only two appearances for the senior team, one in the league against Norwich and another in the FA Cup against Luton Town. He was an unused substitute on 16 occasions.

Onen who joined Reading last September, earned his first national team call up in March last year as Uganda was destined to face South Sudan in the AFCON qualifiers double header which was later postponed.

He was part of the Cranes squad that took part in the training camp in Dubai last October under the tutelage of Johnathan McKinstry.

He was born on 17th February 2001 in Edmonton, London. His mother is Dion Joan Chapman while his father Brian Innocent Onen fled from Uganda in the 1970s.

The promising midfielder has had stints at the Arsenal Youth Academy, Crystal Palace, Brighton Hove and Albion, Bromley and Brentford B.