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  • "I agree with Lenegan on this one. Whats the point in having a development squad if you bring in a new player whenever you've got a few knocks? When will they ever get a game and some development time on the pitch? You have to give the youngsters and chance and to be honest they haven't let us down at all this season. Ruffles for one seems to be more than capable of providing adequate cover and the opportunity is there for Marsh and co if they want to take it. The development squad may take time to consistently deliver players of a good standard to the first team, I'd imagine many of the current crop won't wake it, but by adopting this approach it should deliver results in the long term. Short term loans generally don't work and certainly don't deliver any significant long term benefits and we don't have a budget that stretches to bringing in players left, right and centre."
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New signings would help Oxford United, says Kitson

Dave KItson, pictured straining to reach the ball in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup, thinks Oxford United would benefit from two new signings

Dave KItson, pictured straining to reach the ball in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup, thinks Oxford United would benefit from two new signings

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

DAVE Kitson says he would welcome a couple of new signings in the January transfer window if Oxford United have the scope to make a move.

The former Premier League striker believes the squad will be put under the strain of a congested fixture list inthe next few weeks, but did not know whether strengthening this month was feasible.

Aside from the emergency loan of back-up goalkeeper Jonathan Henly, the only change this month has seen Nicky Wroe joining on loan until the end of the season, replacing the exiting Asa Hall.

The U’s visit Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow in what is the third game in a sequence of 12 fixtures packed into five weeks.

Kitson said: “It’s a problem in the sense that we have a small squad and it puts a strain on us.

“We haven’t got enough players as it is, so a couple more would be really welcome.

“I don’t know whether we will do anything in this window, hopefully we will.

“Obviously we have brought Wroey in, who is another body for us and a good player, so if we can add to that it would definitely help us.”

U’s chairman Ian Lenagan has implemented a clear philosophy to use the players in the club’s new development squad.

Last month he told the Oxford Mail he expected January would be a quiet month.

He said: “To sign somebody we almost have to lose somebody.

“If a very good player came along Chris (Wilder) might persuade me to take them, but it’s not something we are actively looking for at this moment.”

Kitson, who thinks United would be an attractive club in the transfer market, stressed he felt everyone at the club was doing what they could to earn promotion.

But the forward, who turns 34 next week, was happy to add his opinion to the debate.

“Everybody is an expert of course, but I have always called it as I see it from the first day I started playing football and I’ll continue to do so,” he said.

“For me, a couple of bodies would be very welcome. But I don’t know if we can afford them.”

He added: “It’s difficult in January, but there are players available and this is a good club to come to.

“If our club showed interest in a player, I’m sure it would be taken very seriously.”

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