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    GRB wrote:
    Oxon21 wrote:
    From a business view, the club is losing money, therefore to pay someone's contract off to get rid of them, and then having to pay a signing on fee plus wages doesn't make any sense.

    That would increase our losses and thus reduce playing budgets further. With the players released freeing up space, and somecdecent younger players comming through, I believe we can put a good squad together. We just need to believe in the youngsters as tgey did very well last season.

    Waddock looks like he may get some of his staff in the door, with melville and lord leaving. This will also freshen things up.
    So nice to read some sensible well thought out comments for a change!

    We're in a tight situation financially (like most FL clubs) and paying players off is not something we can really afford. Lets not forget that the bulk of the squad that remains got us to the top of the league last season and we were hard to beat. Get some exciting additions in during the summer. Draw a line under last season and most importantly GET SOME CONFIDENCE BACK. It's not all doom and gloom but the fans need to stay on side or we've had it before the season has started!
    You both talk a lot of sense but sadly the club has made a mockery of what looked to be a very promising season. Wilder leaving as he did certainly didn't help but the writing was on the wall the moment he insisted on being allowed to talk with Portsmouth. The Chairmans indecision in appointing his successor didn't help, leaving Lewis in charge for far too long was a mistake, he's OU thru and thru but not a manager and both him and Melville were part of the reason we played so defensively under Wilder. Sadly Waddocks comments about the squad when he first came in didn't help the Teams confidence or make for harmony between manager and players. He then said that players were playing for their futures then keeps all but a few because the Chairman obviously won't waste money which is totally sensible, obviously Waddock should have consulted IL before making grand statements. He's now made himself look quite silly in a lot of fans eyes and all of what's happened doesn't bode well for next season. Like most I genuinely hope things improve and as you both say we do have some good young players coming through. The worry here for me is that over the past many seasons we have had some decent players who haven't developed here but gone elsewhere to do so much better which shows to me at least, that the coaching and man ageing hasn't been good enough. On what I have seen of Waddock so far I don't think he has what it takes to improve the present squad but have to give him time to prove me and many others wrong. Only time will tell and probably more than one season before we really start to move forward. Sadly for many fans that could be too long!"
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Waddock: No Oxford United players will be transfer-listed

Waddock: No Oxford United players will be transfer-listed

Gary Waddock will not be placing any under-contract Oxford United players on the transfer list

Gary Waddock will not be placing any under-contract Oxford United players on the transfer list

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Oxford United’s players have been given no assurances they will be in the side next season, but Gary Waddock has not transfer-listed anyone under contract.

During a desperately disappointing finish to the campaign, which saw the U’s drop out of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places, the head coach suggested nobody was safe this summer.

Following a home defeat to Accrington Stanley last month, he said: “Big decisions need to be made and they certainly will be.”

Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Scott Davies, whose contracts expired at the end of the season, were released last week.

Loan trio Ryan Williams, Nicky Wroe and David Connolly have returned to their parent clubs, while James Constable and Tom Newey are considering contract offers.

For the moment no-one else is likely to leave, with those remaining at the club told they will be given the chance to claim a place in the team during pre-season.

Waddock said: “I’ve spoken to the players who are under contract.

“When they come back in they have to earn the right.”

The U’s boss has been busy chasing targets to improve the squad since the season finished, but is not actively looking to free up more room in the squad by making players available for transfer.

“There’s no point in doing that,” he said.

“There’s a good group of people here.

“The one thing I did say is there’s no guarantee they will be starting in that first team – that goes across the board.

“The ones I’ve moved out are out of contract and they’ve gone.

“Players that don’t figure in the early part of the season will have to make their minds up.”

Waddock also confirmed Jake Wright will remain United captain after the club activated a clause in the defender’s contract which extends his stay for another 12 months.

He said: “We’ve had a number of conversations since I’ve been here and he’s been good within the dressing room.

“His form wants to be better than it has been and he’s had injuries through the course of the season.

“He needs a breather just like all the other players do.”

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