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    oldun wrote:
    EastIlsleyyellow wrote:
    oldun wrote:
    Oxokuba wrote:
    So the big clear out isn't going to happen? And we're left with the dross that Wilder Signed? Not the best bit of marketing for early season ticket sales. I understand not paying off contracts but surely listing them on transfer market may recoup some much needed revenue? It's going to be a long summer. Can't imagine too many new players coming in if we have no money to invest. Ho hum here we go again.
    Unless we sign three or four players who are better than anybody we have (bar maybe Ryan and Mullins) then season ticket sales will be appalling. More likely to be relegated tan promoted - unless those 4 good players turn up before the season starts . Depressing
    why are you always so concerned about weighing up signings against season ticket sales? Fans will watch attractive winning football whoever playing
    Why might that increase gates? I love being asked questions which are easy to answer. It is because we won't be playing ETHER attractive OR winning football without those signings- simple innit?
    To state the obvious, most normal fans would prefer to pay and watch a winning and attractive team rather than a bunch of new recruits. A team full of new names will give you something to speculate about for a couple of months (a quick fix for the fickle), but as the age old excuses of 'we need time to gel' and 'next season we will be able to challenge', I'm sure you lot will be moaning again.
    What we do have is a base for a bloody good team that with with the right additions could achieve what we all want. The real question is how good will our manager be at getting the most out if them, the players finding confidence and expressing themselves throughout the whole season, the fans pulling together and realising over expectancy leads to negativity at small clubs. Get behind the tam and enjoy before it's too late!"
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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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