Get ready for the Wright stuff

Oxford United captain Jake Wright, seen in action during the 2-1 win at Farnborough on Saturday, is looking to show his worth for the U’s this term

Oxford United captain Jake Wright, seen in action during the 2-1 win at Farnborough on Saturday, is looking to show his worth for the U’s this term

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Jake Wright is hoping a full recovery from the injuries which blighted his performances in the spring will see him return to top form when the new season begins.

Oxford United’s captain, normally so reliable, made a series of uncharacteristic errors in the closing weeks of last season as the team’s promotion challenge fell apart.

The centre back struggled to shake off a knee problem which kept him on the sidelines for six weeks and injuries to other defenders in the small squad meant he volunteered to play before he was ready.

It all boiled over in a heated altercation with a handful of fans after the defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge in March.

Wright’s commitment was questioned by some, something the 28-year-old robustly rejects.

And after recovering from the injuries during the summer, the skipper is looking to put it all behind him.

He said: “I didn’t do myself any favours and a few fans got on my back thinking I didn’t want to be there, but I 100 per cent want to be at Oxford.

“I’ve always stated I’m happy here.”

He added: “I was fit, but I wasn’t sharp enough.

“It was plain to see from the silly mistakes I was making – I wouldn’t make them when I was fit.

“The year before when I got player of the year I had little niggles, but not bad injuries.

“I think if I’m fit and have little injuries I can get through a season and be consistent.

“That’s what I want to achieve this year.”

Wright came through 45 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Farnborough and will get more game time under his belt in tonight’s friendly at Oxford City (7.45).

Several first-team players, including Danny Hylton and David Hunt, could return after missing the trip to Hampshire with minor niggles.

United are hoping to be boosted by a new face ahead of kick-off.

Boss Michael Appleton said on Saturday he was very confident his first signing, believed to be a midfielder, would be completed before the game.

City’s general manager, Justin Merritt, said the game would give players the chance to force their way into his plans for the new campaign.

The last time the sides met, in 2013, City hammered United 5-1, but Merritt says pre-season games are about performances, not results.

Hospital complaints up

Oxford Mail: Where will funds come from?

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

New data from the Health and Social Information Centre revealed that the number of written complaints to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the county’s main hospitals, increased to 890 in 2013/14, from 792 in 2012/13.

Make-up driver fined

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

A driver putting on make-up close to Abingdon police station was among drivers stopped and fined for motoring crimes on Thursday morning.

Police fear for welfare of missing teenager

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

A teenager was missing last night, with police and his family fearing for his welfare.

It's all in the worst possible taste

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

FOOD quality at Witney Community Hospital has been ranked as the third worst in England.

Motorist who killed his friend is spared jail

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

AN ELDERLY driver who killed his friend driving back from bowls practice has been spared prison.

Veteran is told: you can't fly your Union Flag here

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

A DISABLED army veteran has said he is being made to feel ashamed to be British after he was told to remove a Union flag from his garden.

New major city roadworks ‘will not hit commuters’

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of how Frideswide Square will look

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

AFTER years of waiting, work on redeveloping Frideswide Square is to start on Monday – and council officials have promised the first stage of the work will not affect people’s journeys to work.

CONNOR MURDER: Couple recall 'confrontation with psychopath'

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Saturday 30th August 2014

TEENAGER Denise Stratford says killer Will Blencowe’s footprint is still on her window after he tried to break into her home, a week before he murdered Connor Tremble.

Cyclists rush in as 'Boris bikes' are relaunched

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Saturday 30th August 2014

MORE than 200 people have signed up for Oxford’s “Boris bike” scheme after it relaunched earlier this summer.

CONNOR MURDER: 'Connor touched the hearts of so many. It was amazing.'

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s mother said the outpouring of love following her son’s murder showed how many lives he touched.

Depressed woman died after hospital discharge

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

6:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

A WOMAN with a history of depression found dead the day after being discharged from a mental health hospital died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled.

Sowing seeds for learning

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

VISITORS to Harcourt Arboretum have been sowing the seeds of a good time this week.

Link road 'too low-priority' to be given £12m funding

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

A PLANNED new link road in North Oxford did not win Government funding because it was not listed as a priority, the leader of Oxford City Council has said.

William Blencowe sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Connor Tremble

Oxford Mail:

10:13am Friday 29th August 2014

William Blencowe has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Connor Tremble.

United boss Appleton issues Cureton warning

Oxford Mail: MICHAEL APPLETON

8:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

Michael Appleton has warned Oxford United to be on their guard against veteran goalscorer Jamie Cureton this afternoon.

Oxford United loan out trio

Oxford Mail: Matt Bevans started 11 games for United this season

6:12pm Friday 29th August 2014

OXFORD United have loaned out Aidan Hawtin and Josh Shama to Banbury United plus Matt Bevans to Farnborough.

Oxford United aiming to make signing before transfer deadline

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

NEGOTIATIONS will continue over the next few days as Oxford United attempt to sign one more attacking player before the transfer window closes.

Appleton prioritises points over panache in search for first Oxford United win

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Friday 29th August 2014

MICHAEL Appleton is happy to sacrifice style in favour of substance tomorrow if it means Oxford United finally get up and running in Sky Bet League Two.

Confident Hoskins out to repay Oxford United's faith with goals

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

AFTER spending 18 months away from competitive football, Oxford United’s newest signing may be short on match fitness, but there is one commodity he does not lack – self-belief.

United boss Appleton issues Cureton warning

Oxford Mail: MICHAEL APPLETON

8:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

Michael Appleton has warned Oxford United to be on their guard against veteran goalscorer Jamie Cureton this afternoon.

RACING: Pendo pounces for Cole

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

Pendo got off the mark for Paul Cole’s Whatcombe stables, near Wantage, with victory in a lady amateur riders’ handicap at Salisbury yesterday under Alice Mills.

FEATURE: Didcot duo seek to build on the highs of Glasgow

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

DAN Rivers and Ben Watson hope their Commonwealth Games success will be the shape of things to come.

CRICKET: Oxfordshire reach final in nerve-jangling finish

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

ROYAL LONDON UNDER 17 B DIVISION COUNTY CUP

MOTORSPORT: Smith's happy man as he finishes fourth in practice

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE'S Bradley Smith said he felt confident after powering to fourth in the combined standings following yesterday’s practice at a windy Silverstone.

MOTORSPORT: Polden closing in on second spot

Oxford Mail: Georgina Polden with her trophy on the podium

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

DUNLOP APRILIA SUPERTEEN CHALLENGE

CRICKET: Freeland claim county title

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE MIDWEEK WOMEN’S LEAGUE

MOTORSPORT: SWR out to build on Caterham link

Oxford Mail: Sean Walkinshaw will compete in European Formula 3 Open in 2014

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

BRDC FORMULA 4 CHAMPIONSHIP

CRICKET: Hill century seals spoils

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

ECB WOMEN’S MIDLANDS LEAGUE

SCHOOL SPORT: Fajemisin's going for more glory

Oxford Mail: Simi Fajemisin

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

SAINSBURY’S SCHOOL GAMES

 

 

 

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10:25am Tue 15 Jul 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

personally I never doubted his commitment or desire. Hes a good player and we are lucky to have him.
personally I never doubted his commitment or desire. Hes a good player and we are lucky to have him. MiddleBartonYellow
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11:31am Tue 15 Jul 14

Richard Wickson says...

Unfortunately players often play when they have niggles and injuries but cannot do themselves justice by playing, it's a fine line but fans need to take stock of a players overall commitment before criticising. I am not Wrights biggest fan but do believe he gives his best for the team.
Unfortunately players often play when they have niggles and injuries but cannot do themselves justice by playing, it's a fine line but fans need to take stock of a players overall commitment before criticising. I am not Wrights biggest fan but do believe he gives his best for the team. Richard Wickson
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6:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

Wright should NEVER be Oxfords captain,he has no leadership qualities,something I hope the new manager sorts out very soon.
Wright should NEVER be Oxfords captain,he has no leadership qualities,something I hope the new manager sorts out very soon. kiddyboy
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2:56pm Thu 17 Jul 14

shouldn't say anything says...

whoops i made a mistake i meant to give post up above negative one.

clicked wrong one cuz i lacerated my knee on a metal bar and used any part of my body to block exocets and was running at 300mph ( get to grass level to see the unbelivable desire commitment and herculean effort the Oxford boys put in )

Glad Jake Wright Wright Wright stayed - i was worried he might leave

again to reiterate, heard an a new Oxford recruit said of Jake that he made his prescence felt upon meeting leaving in no doubt that he was The Captain

i'll go now

Up The U's C'MON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
whoops i made a mistake i meant to give post up above negative one. clicked wrong one cuz i lacerated my knee on a metal bar and used any part of my body to block exocets and was running at 300mph ( get to grass level to see the unbelivable desire commitment and herculean effort the Oxford boys put in ) Glad Jake Wright Wright Wright stayed - i was worried he might leave again to reiterate, heard an a new Oxford recruit said of Jake that he made his prescence felt upon meeting leaving in no doubt that he was The Captain i'll go now Up The U's C'MON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! shouldn't say anything
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