'Never say never': Constable about U's return

James Constable has not ruled out a return to Oxford United in the future

James Constable has not ruled out a return to Oxford United in the future

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James Constable says he has not given up all hope of becoming Oxford United’s record goalscorer.

The 29-year-old ended a six-year spell with the U’s when joining Conference Premier side Eastleigh this week.

The striker leaves United frustratingly one-goal short of equalling the club’s all-time record of 107 goals, held by Graham Atkinson.

The landmark is all the more frustrating for Constable, whose hat-trick against Chester on August 18, 2009 is not officially counted because United’s opponents folded later that season.

But while he would have loved to have departed with the record under his belt, Constable says he has not totally accepted he will never break it.

“Never say never,” he said.

“If in a few years’ or so there is the chance to come back to Oxford, of course I would consider it if it’s the right move for me.

“I’d love to return and break the record, of course I would.

“My heart was saying that I should stay at Oxford and try to break it now, but my head was saying that I need the security for my family and that is why I came to the decision that I did.”

Constable admits he has been overwhelmed by the messages of support from United’s fans, and is hoping the club can bring them success.

The striker also revealed he turned down offers from Football League clubs in order to join Eastleigh, with a two-year deal being the clinching factor.

“I’ve seen people saying it was about money, but I could have earned a lot more by staying in the League,” he said.

“I know some will say I shouldn’t drop into the Conference again, but I am excited by the plans Eastleigh have.

“It’s very similar to when I joined Oxford from Shrewsbury – they are a club who have big hopes and I am excited to be part of it.

“I had calls from a League One club and a couple of League Two sides, but the challenge at Eastleigh really excited me.”

Meanwhile, Sean Rigg, released by Oxford at the end of last season, has signed for Sky Bet League Two rivals AFC Wimbledon.

Rigg made 85 appearances for Oxford, scoring nine goals in his two years at the Kassam Stadium.

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9:45am Fri 23 May 14

Joe1 says...

Seems rather starnge, two former players, Smalley& Rigg both spent most of last Season on the sick list. They are both now with new clubs. Which Club in their right minds would sign injury prone players? It could just be our training methods etc?
Seems rather starnge, two former players, Smalley& Rigg both spent most of last Season on the sick list. They are both now with new clubs. Which Club in their right minds would sign injury prone players? It could just be our training methods etc? Joe1
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Fri 23 May 14

YellowRose says...

I see Midson has joined JC.
I see Midson has joined JC. YellowRose
  • Score: 5

2:27pm Fri 23 May 14

Sinny Vamways says...

Bring him back now! The club have made a huge mistake offering the contract they did, as they did with Wilder. Lenagan must have noticed the fan reaction. If it was a case of £500 or so a week, I'm sure they will soon realise they will loose more than that in non-attendance from disillusioned fans losing interest in our club without its talisman.
Bring him back now! The club have made a huge mistake offering the contract they did, as they did with Wilder. Lenagan must have noticed the fan reaction. If it was a case of £500 or so a week, I'm sure they will soon realise they will loose more than that in non-attendance from disillusioned fans losing interest in our club without its talisman. Sinny Vamways
  • Score: 7

3:00pm Fri 23 May 14

Taff Ewe says...

JC bleeds yellow & blue. Whatever anyone thinks about his average seasonal goals, I have no doubt that he will be a massive loss. We are not Man Utd and so getting someone who is a good player to want to stay with OUFC for the rest of their career is a rare thing and he should have been retained within reason (i.e. do not break the bank but give an incentive based contract)

People like this are the ones that we need at the club. (like giggs, Scholes, etc at Man U)

Waddock, you had better get some big names on board ...and soon!

PS..Might have a few quid on Eastleigh with Midson going there also.
JC bleeds yellow & blue. Whatever anyone thinks about his average seasonal goals, I have no doubt that he will be a massive loss. We are not Man Utd and so getting someone who is a good player to want to stay with OUFC for the rest of their career is a rare thing and he should have been retained within reason (i.e. do not break the bank but give an incentive based contract) People like this are the ones that we need at the club. (like giggs, Scholes, etc at Man U) Waddock, you had better get some big names on board ...and soon! PS..Might have a few quid on Eastleigh with Midson going there also. Taff Ewe
  • Score: 15

3:33pm Fri 23 May 14

deedee444 says...

Beano IS the record goal scorer in my mind.....that ha-trick is wiped by the football lleague but the club should still recognise it,it was a bona-fida game at the time and NOT a friendly......come on OUFC do the right thing.
Beano IS the record goal scorer in my mind.....that ha-trick is wiped by the football lleague but the club should still recognise it,it was a bona-fida game at the time and NOT a friendly......come on OUFC do the right thing. deedee444
  • Score: 14

3:50pm Fri 23 May 14

YellowRose says...

Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK!
Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK! YellowRose
  • Score: 8

4:39pm Fri 23 May 14

swalker260 says...

We have lost our mojo with this type of loyalty from the club I cannot see any player wanting to join us, if we cannot and will not make a decent offer to a player who has shown commitment to this club which I have not seen for many years then we are in trouble.

This all started with CW leaving and now this unless they start signing on quality strikers which I cannot see on the sort of terms being offered we will struggle next season and being born 1 mile from the Manor Ground and supported them for over 40 years I despair with what is happening at the Kassam
We have lost our mojo with this type of loyalty from the club I cannot see any player wanting to join us, if we cannot and will not make a decent offer to a player who has shown commitment to this club which I have not seen for many years then we are in trouble. This all started with CW leaving and now this unless they start signing on quality strikers which I cannot see on the sort of terms being offered we will struggle next season and being born 1 mile from the Manor Ground and supported them for over 40 years I despair with what is happening at the Kassam swalker260
  • Score: 3

4:40pm Fri 23 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

YellowRose wrote:
Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK!
He has signed a contract with Eastleigh therefore we cannot just buy him back. He's gone, he's left, get over it. And also in reply to Taff Ewe it's not big names we need, it's decent players and an attacking coach, the whole coaching thing needs looking at at this club, for far too many seasons we have had too large an injury list and also players have left the club only to achieve so much more at other clubs. Disappointed Lewis is still at the club, he really needs to go for the benefit of OU, he lives and breathes the club but doesn't actually benefit the club in my opinion, Waddock needs his own staff if he is to prove himself at this club!
[quote][p][bold]YellowRose[/bold] wrote: Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK![/p][/quote]He has signed a contract with Eastleigh therefore we cannot just buy him back. He's gone, he's left, get over it. And also in reply to Taff Ewe it's not big names we need, it's decent players and an attacking coach, the whole coaching thing needs looking at at this club, for far too many seasons we have had too large an injury list and also players have left the club only to achieve so much more at other clubs. Disappointed Lewis is still at the club, he really needs to go for the benefit of OU, he lives and breathes the club but doesn't actually benefit the club in my opinion, Waddock needs his own staff if he is to prove himself at this club! Richard Wickson
  • Score: -7

5:09pm Fri 23 May 14

Taff Ewe says...

swalker260 wrote:
We have lost our mojo with this type of loyalty from the club I cannot see any player wanting to join us, if we cannot and will not make a decent offer to a player who has shown commitment to this club which I have not seen for many years then we are in trouble.

This all started with CW leaving and now this unless they start signing on quality strikers which I cannot see on the sort of terms being offered we will struggle next season and being born 1 mile from the Manor Ground and supported them for over 40 years I despair with what is happening at the Kassam
I disagree that it will put off players. Beano's loyalty was rare, most will put money / career first whereas with Beano you felt that his heart was leading his head, especially with the Bournemouth offer.

Point is that 99% of players will show no loyalty to a club and expect none back in return.
[quote][p][bold]swalker260[/bold] wrote: We have lost our mojo with this type of loyalty from the club I cannot see any player wanting to join us, if we cannot and will not make a decent offer to a player who has shown commitment to this club which I have not seen for many years then we are in trouble. This all started with CW leaving and now this unless they start signing on quality strikers which I cannot see on the sort of terms being offered we will struggle next season and being born 1 mile from the Manor Ground and supported them for over 40 years I despair with what is happening at the Kassam[/p][/quote]I disagree that it will put off players. Beano's loyalty was rare, most will put money / career first whereas with Beano you felt that his heart was leading his head, especially with the Bournemouth offer. Point is that 99% of players will show no loyalty to a club and expect none back in return. Taff Ewe
  • Score: 0

5:26pm Fri 23 May 14

Taff Ewe says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
YellowRose wrote:
Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK!
He has signed a contract with Eastleigh therefore we cannot just buy him back. He's gone, he's left, get over it. And also in reply to Taff Ewe it's not big names we need, it's decent players and an attacking coach, the whole coaching thing needs looking at at this club, for far too many seasons we have had too large an injury list and also players have left the club only to achieve so much more at other clubs. Disappointed Lewis is still at the club, he really needs to go for the benefit of OU, he lives and breathes the club but doesn't actually benefit the club in my opinion, Waddock needs his own staff if he is to prove himself at this club!
Richard, the club needs a lift big time for impetus, confidence, belief and season ticket sales. Decent players will not get any of these. We have lost someone of the caliber (if not skill) of Joey and so need to get a couple of players who will excite the fans and make other teams look at us and think "Hang on, Oxford look really strong this year!"

I think that we have a proper goalscorer coming through in James Roberts. If given the chance he could well make a name for himself.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YellowRose[/bold] wrote: Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK![/p][/quote]He has signed a contract with Eastleigh therefore we cannot just buy him back. He's gone, he's left, get over it. And also in reply to Taff Ewe it's not big names we need, it's decent players and an attacking coach, the whole coaching thing needs looking at at this club, for far too many seasons we have had too large an injury list and also players have left the club only to achieve so much more at other clubs. Disappointed Lewis is still at the club, he really needs to go for the benefit of OU, he lives and breathes the club but doesn't actually benefit the club in my opinion, Waddock needs his own staff if he is to prove himself at this club![/p][/quote]Richard, the club needs a lift big time for impetus, confidence, belief and season ticket sales. Decent players will not get any of these. We have lost someone of the caliber (if not skill) of Joey and so need to get a couple of players who will excite the fans and make other teams look at us and think "Hang on, Oxford look really strong this year!" I think that we have a proper goalscorer coming through in James Roberts. If given the chance he could well make a name for himself. Taff Ewe
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Fri 23 May 14

Taff Ewe says...

Taff Ewe wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
YellowRose wrote:
Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK!
He has signed a contract with Eastleigh therefore we cannot just buy him back. He's gone, he's left, get over it. And also in reply to Taff Ewe it's not big names we need, it's decent players and an attacking coach, the whole coaching thing needs looking at at this club, for far too many seasons we have had too large an injury list and also players have left the club only to achieve so much more at other clubs. Disappointed Lewis is still at the club, he really needs to go for the benefit of OU, he lives and breathes the club but doesn't actually benefit the club in my opinion, Waddock needs his own staff if he is to prove himself at this club!
Richard, the club needs a lift big time for impetus, confidence, belief and season ticket sales. Decent players will not get any of these. We have lost someone of the caliber (if not skill) of Joey and so need to get a couple of players who will excite the fans and make other teams look at us and think "Hang on, Oxford look really strong this year!"

I think that we have a proper goalscorer coming through in James Roberts. If given the chance he could well make a name for himself.
and I agree fully re the attacking coach.
[quote][p][bold]Taff Ewe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YellowRose[/bold] wrote: Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK![/p][/quote]He has signed a contract with Eastleigh therefore we cannot just buy him back. He's gone, he's left, get over it. And also in reply to Taff Ewe it's not big names we need, it's decent players and an attacking coach, the whole coaching thing needs looking at at this club, for far too many seasons we have had too large an injury list and also players have left the club only to achieve so much more at other clubs. Disappointed Lewis is still at the club, he really needs to go for the benefit of OU, he lives and breathes the club but doesn't actually benefit the club in my opinion, Waddock needs his own staff if he is to prove himself at this club![/p][/quote]Richard, the club needs a lift big time for impetus, confidence, belief and season ticket sales. Decent players will not get any of these. We have lost someone of the caliber (if not skill) of Joey and so need to get a couple of players who will excite the fans and make other teams look at us and think "Hang on, Oxford look really strong this year!" I think that we have a proper goalscorer coming through in James Roberts. If given the chance he could well make a name for himself.[/p][/quote]and I agree fully re the attacking coach. Taff Ewe
  • Score: -1

9:02pm Fri 23 May 14

OX20Yellow says...

Come Back!! What!! When a quality coaching staff have worked with him on his 'first touch' or lack of it, perhaps?
Come Back!! What!! When a quality coaching staff have worked with him on his 'first touch' or lack of it, perhaps? OX20Yellow
  • Score: -6

12:24pm Sat 24 May 14

Taff Ewe says...

OX20Yellow wrote:
Come Back!! What!! When a quality coaching staff have worked with him on his 'first touch' or lack of it, perhaps?
quality coaching staff??????
[quote][p][bold]OX20Yellow[/bold] wrote: Come Back!! What!! When a quality coaching staff have worked with him on his 'first touch' or lack of it, perhaps?[/p][/quote]quality coaching staff?????? Taff Ewe
  • Score: 0

3:16pm Sat 24 May 14

Beau champ mummy says...

He is a greedy sod who has left for the money if he really loved us he would have stayed
He is a greedy sod who has left for the money if he really loved us he would have stayed Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -6

10:58am Sun 25 May 14

oxfordus says...

Thanks but goodbye Beano. Your time is up and I'll try to remember just the goals but to be fair, you missed a lot more than you scored and wee over rated big time. Your level is top conference/low League 2 so we need a better quality forward than you are able to offer.
Yes, you worked hard but if you are a donkey then all you can be is a donkey; know what i mean?
No need to rush into the transfer market, summer has only just started. We'll get much better deals for players who become desperate for a contract later.
Let's face it, we are only League 2 so there are plenty of players out there who can do an excellent job for us. So everybody needs to chill and relax. Sentiment won't get us promotion nor will pandering to the minority of our supporters who want to buy back Beano!!!!
Thanks but goodbye Beano. Your time is up and I'll try to remember just the goals but to be fair, you missed a lot more than you scored and wee over rated big time. Your level is top conference/low League 2 so we need a better quality forward than you are able to offer. Yes, you worked hard but if you are a donkey then all you can be is a donkey; know what i mean? No need to rush into the transfer market, summer has only just started. We'll get much better deals for players who become desperate for a contract later. Let's face it, we are only League 2 so there are plenty of players out there who can do an excellent job for us. So everybody needs to chill and relax. Sentiment won't get us promotion nor will pandering to the minority of our supporters who want to buy back Beano!!!! oxfordus
  • Score: 0

12:11pm Sun 25 May 14

sdyerUsa says...

Our Players, Manager and coaching staff are leaving Oxford United on there own and preferring lower clubs.... Why do you all think that is happening?? and meanwhile we are signing NO ONE.. The powers that be at our once great club have no ambition for football.
Our Players, Manager and coaching staff are leaving Oxford United on there own and preferring lower clubs.... Why do you all think that is happening?? and meanwhile we are signing NO ONE.. The powers that be at our once great club have no ambition for football. sdyerUsa
  • Score: 2

8:53am Mon 26 May 14

oxfordus says...

sdyerUsa wrote:
Our Players, Manager and coaching staff are leaving Oxford United on there own and preferring lower clubs.... Why do you all think that is happening?? and meanwhile we are signing NO ONE.. The powers that be at our once great club have no ambition for football.
Because they have been found out to be not up to the standard that has been set at Oxford. We are signing no one because the current season hasn't yet finished for some clubs so its early days - pretty obvious really. STOP PANICKING!!!!
[quote][p][bold]sdyerUsa[/bold] wrote: Our Players, Manager and coaching staff are leaving Oxford United on there own and preferring lower clubs.... Why do you all think that is happening?? and meanwhile we are signing NO ONE.. The powers that be at our once great club have no ambition for football.[/p][/quote]Because they have been found out to be not up to the standard that has been set at Oxford. We are signing no one because the current season hasn't yet finished for some clubs so its early days - pretty obvious really. STOP PANICKING!!!! oxfordus
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Tue 27 May 14

wend says...

I'm not sure it's ever a good idea to return to a previous club, particularly after going to a lower league club. How is JC going to improve his strike rate or shooting skills against what on paper should be inferior opposition? If he proves too good for Eastleigh then well and good but he's likely to be playing a whole season against lesser opposition than Oxford so what good would it do him or Oxford if he should return and it doesn't work out? Both JC and Oxford should move on. What's gone is gone and both should look to go forward.
I'm not sure it's ever a good idea to return to a previous club, particularly after going to a lower league club. How is JC going to improve his strike rate or shooting skills against what on paper should be inferior opposition? If he proves too good for Eastleigh then well and good but he's likely to be playing a whole season against lesser opposition than Oxford so what good would it do him or Oxford if he should return and it doesn't work out? Both JC and Oxford should move on. What's gone is gone and both should look to go forward. wend
  • Score: 0

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