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Waddock targets free agents for Oxford United

Gary Waddock will chase out-of-contract players

Gary Waddock will chase out-of-contract players

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

Oxford United’s summer targets are all likely to be free agents, with Gary Waddock confident there is enough quality among the pool of players out of contract to improve the squad.

The close season is now into its fourth week, but the U’s have yet to complete a signing.

Room in the first-team squad has been freed up by releasing Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Scott Davies, along with loanees Ryan Williams, Nicky Wroe and David Connolly.

James Constable has followed them out of the exit door after turning down a new contract, while Tom Newey continues to consider his options.

While three players have been promoted from the youth team, Waddock is also looking elsewhere to bolster the ranks.

But the head coach, like many in Sky Bet League Two, will use the resources at his disposal on wages, rather than fees.

He said: “There are a lot of good players out there who are going to be out of contract.

“We will be able to pick up a couple of them, I’m sure.

“There’s no right and wrong way to do it, you’ve just got to get a group of players who are committed and determined to be successful.

“We were close this year, we need to get a little bit closer next year.”

Callum O'Dowda in Irish defeat

Oxford Mail: Callum O'Dowda in action at Plymouth

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Oxford United’s Callum O’Dowda played for just over 70 minutes as Republic of Ireland Under 21s were beaten 2-1 by England C in Galway yesterday.

Kassam Stadium's pitch is ripped up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Oxford United’s much-criticised Kassam Stadium pitch was laid bare yesterday as preparations began to lay a new semi-synthetic grass.

Oxford United pitch is dug up to be replaced by a state-of-the-art surface

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 1st June 2015

DIGGERS will rip into the outdated playing surface at the Kassam Stadium today to make way for a completely new pitch.

Callum O'Dowda relishing Republic of Ireland matches

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 1st June 2015

WHILE the rest of the Oxford United squad have their feet up, Callum O’Dowda has been happily putting in extra training sessions ahead of two games for Republic of Ireland Under 21s this week, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.

Fans keen to join Oxford United on their pre-season trip to Austria

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxford United’s pre-season preparations have been boosted by the confirmation of a training camp and a match in Austria.

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