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  • "I think the time is coming where IL needs to speak to Kassam and tell him, either drop the rent, or we will be going bust very shortly and you will get no money at all. The stadium rent is crippling the club before a ball is even kicked.

    The news of freebies frustrates me, but i understand the club has no money. I just cant see how this season ahead is going to be anything better than a mid table finish - I think that's being optimistic to.

    We've got no midfield quality, no pace up the wings or from the full backs, and we have no forwards either. Picking up enough frees to cover all of those positions and add the required depth to the squad is going to be really, really tough.

    I'm going to pick my games this season as I can't commit to a season ticket, that being said, even if I could, I don't think I would as the past 3 seasons at home have been poor, with the season just gone being the worst by some distance."
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Waddock targets free agents for Oxford United

Waddock targets free agents for Oxford United

Gary Waddock will chase out-of-contract players

Gary Waddock will chase out-of-contract players

First published in U's News
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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.”

It's heartbreak for Oxford United, but Appleton so proud of team

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

MICHAEL Appleton was hugely proud by the way Oxford United stood up to West Bromwich Albion as a dramatic night saw the underdogs knocked out after a penalty shoot-out.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at West Brom?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:42am Wednesday 27th August 2014

West Brom 1 (Mullins og 29) Oxford Utd 1 (Hylton 86) (West Brom win 7-6 on pens)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

10:56pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

OXFORD United put in a magnificent effort as they took West Bromwich Albion all the way to a penalty shoot-out at the Hawthorns.

Oxford United new signing Will Hoskins is buzzing

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WILL Hoskins is champing at the bit to get started at Oxford United and the striker is hopeful he can make his debut at West Bromwich Albion tonight (8).

Oxford United boss hoping for cup scalp

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Tuesday 26th August 2014

OXFORD United will have no intention of putting men behind the ball and stifling West Bromwich Albion tonight, according to head coach Michael Appleton.

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