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  • "Just a wee reminder to the forgetful and/or patronising Oxford Mail sports writing staff that what was so 'desperately disappointing' about the 2013-4 season was not the club dropping out of the playoff places (largely irrelevant, and a lottery at best) but the club dropping out of the top 3 places that they comfortably occupied for the first 3-4 months of the season. I do so wish they would remember.

    I largely agree with Old 'Un and his four observations, in particular that LooTown will fly past us, surely Pompey and Plymuff can't be as bad again, and heaven forfend, the Cobblers will rise. I'm less worried about the Division 3 relegation fodder and can't see Shrewsbury, Stevenage and Carlisle being much cop, so I'm expect a lower mid-table finish unless Waddock makes 3-4 inspired signings.

    I would contend that the way Jon Meades was being spoken of makes him almost a new marquee acquisition, and I for one think a full season from Whing will be a boon.

    Although I am not presently positive about the new season, I hope there are enough parallels with 94-5 and 82-3 and that history threepeats itself. Question is - who's going to be Trevor Hebberd..?"
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Waddock: No Oxford United players will be transfer-listed

Oxford Mail: 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

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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