24 year old right sided defender Jon Otsemobor passed a medical
and agreed personal terms with Norwich City on 13th June 2007
ahead of signing for the Canaries on 1st July 2007 on a Bosman
Otsemobor, who is a former England Under-21 international, started
his career as a trainee with Liverpool. He made his debut for
the club in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Southampton in the league
cup. He was loaned out to Hull City for the rest of the season
to gain some first team experience. Otsemobor scored his first
career goal for Hull in their 4-2 defeat to Rushden & Diamonds.
Otsemobor also scored in Hull's 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town and
the 2-1 defeat at Wrexham.
In the 2003/2004 season, Otsemobor played 5 more games for Liverpool,
making appearances in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United and the
3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers. He also appeared in the newspapers
in October 2003, when he was shot in the buttocks during a gun
incident in a bar.
He was then loaned out again, this time to Bolton Wanderers where
he only played one game, which was Bolton's 3-1 defeat to Manchester
City. Otsemobor was then loaned out to Crewe Alexandra on a season
long loan for 2004/5.. He made his debut for Crewe in the 3-0
win over Watford. He scored one goal during his loan at Crewe,
which was in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City.
Otsemobor signed for Rotherham United on 5 July 2005 on a free
transfer from Liverpool. At Rotherham, Otsemobor made eight appearances
and scored one goal for the club before being sold again, this
time on a free transfer to Crewe Alexandra in January 2006. It
was whilst playing for Crewe that he caught Peter
Grant's eye and earned a slot in the League One team of the
year. He had made 43 appearances for Crewe before he signed for
Grant said he is delighted to have secured the 24-year-old's
signature: I'm very pleased to get this one sorted as
he is one that we have been watching for some time. He is strong,
athletic and quick and is a very good, young defender. He still
has a lot to learn of course but it's no surprise to me he was
in the League One team of the year. He is comfortable on the ball
as you'd expect from a player who learned his trade at Liverpool
and played a lot of games at Crewe, where Dario Gradi always encourages
attractive football. He is versatile and as well as full-back
can play as centre-back or as part of a defensive three. Of course
he knows he's still got some learning to do and he's going to
be in there competing for a first team place with everyone else,
but I'm delighted to add a player of his quality to the squad.
I'm sure the fans will like him when they see him play, and hopefully
he will be a major asset to the club for many years to come.
Jon made his Norwich
debut on the opening day of the 2007/8 season in the 0-0 draw
against Preston at Deepdale
Having lost his place to Russell
Martin during the winter of 2009-10, Jon was allowed to sign
for Southampton on 14th January 2010. He was in the final six
months of his contract so Paul Lambert
allowed him to depart with Semy signing a six month contract with
the Saints. He made his debut for Southampton on 16th January
2010 in a 1-1 draw at Millwall.
Jon was one of thirteen players released by the Saints at the
end of the 2009/10 season
On 9th June 2010, it was announced that Jon would join Sheffield
Wednesday on 1st July 2010
He stayed with the Owls until mid May 2012. He had made 37 appearances
Jon signed for MK Dons on 6th July 2012, signing a one year contract.
Manager Karl Robinson said: "I believe if we keep him
fit, we've got the best right-back in the league."
On 28th November 2013, Otsemobor returned to Merseyside signing
for Tranmere Rovers on a one month loan. He made just one appearance
for Rovers. On his return to MK Dons, he was released from his
contract at the beginning of January 2014.
At the end of June 2014, he trialled with Doncaster Rovers and
played for them against Bradford Park Avenue in a pre-season friendly
on 9th July 2014.