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 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.”

Oxford United Wright issues warning

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

Jake Wright believes it will be key for Oxford United to avoid getting dragged into a physical contest if they are to build on a midweek win when Stevenage visit today.

Oxford duo Hylton and Howard set to receive green light

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Top scorer Danny Hylton and Brian Howard are expected to have recovered from midweek knocks to start for Oxford United today.

Newey: Oxford United are doing it right

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 19th September 2014

TOM Newey hopes Oxford United’s supporters will embrace the side’s progressive style after seeing them make it work for the first time at the Kassam Stadium.

Joining Oxford United's 'project' offers new chapter in life of Brian

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Friday 19th September 2014

HIS varied CV may include a spell at arch rivals Swindon Town, but Brian Howard’s debut for Oxford United should have gone a long way to convince any doubters not to hold it against him.

Fazackerley: Oxford United boss has managed with testing start well

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

DEREK Fazackerley says he has been impressed by the way Michael Appleton has dealt with a challenging start to life as Oxford United’s head coach.

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9:22am Tue 27 May 14

BanburyYellow says...

Very low season ticket sales = no cash to spend - it's not looking promising.
Very low season ticket sales = no cash to spend - it's not looking promising. BanburyYellow
  • Score: 20

9:51am Tue 27 May 14

dovepe says...

Plenty of players out of contract.Best get a move on.Tubbs,Eastwood will do get the money out IL
Plenty of players out of contract.Best get a move on.Tubbs,Eastwood will do get the money out IL dovepe
  • Score: -4

9:53am Tue 27 May 14

BigAlBiker says...

Stuart Bevon and Kaid Mohammad reported to be signing this week, possibly today.
Stuart Bevon and Kaid Mohammad reported to be signing this week, possibly today. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -19

10:43am Tue 27 May 14

happyharryhardon says...

Well that's just saved me £254, I was going to phone today and renew, that ain't gonna happen now.
Well that's just saved me £254, I was going to phone today and renew, that ain't gonna happen now. happyharryhardon
  • Score: -2

11:22am Tue 27 May 14

oxfordus says...

Level heads are what is required if we are going to pick-up the right players for the right money. Football is no different from any other business; its about getting the right returns from players on the right wages. Keep the emotion out of the transfer market and I'm sure GW will be doing fine. If you are looking for instant appeasment from OUFC by signing a couple of big names then you just don't get it. If you love OUFC and want them to do well, buy a season ticket. Sulking about it will achieve nothing happyharryhardon.
Level heads are what is required if we are going to pick-up the right players for the right money. Football is no different from any other business; its about getting the right returns from players on the right wages. Keep the emotion out of the transfer market and I'm sure GW will be doing fine. If you are looking for instant appeasment from OUFC by signing a couple of big names then you just don't get it. If you love OUFC and want them to do well, buy a season ticket. Sulking about it will achieve nothing happyharryhardon. oxfordus
  • Score: 19

11:42am Tue 27 May 14

oxcidental says...

Not renewing 6 season tickets after 30 years until we see the type of players signed..hard earnt money!!!!!
Not renewing 6 season tickets after 30 years until we see the type of players signed..hard earnt money!!!!! oxcidental
  • Score: 0

12:37pm Tue 27 May 14

happyharryhardon says...

Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion.
Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion. happyharryhardon
  • Score: 11

1:22pm Tue 27 May 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion.
What you are saying then is that everyone is rubbish because nearly every player at this level is a free transfer. Or is it that you're just talking rubbish anyway.
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion.[/p][/quote]What you are saying then is that everyone is rubbish because nearly every player at this level is a free transfer. Or is it that you're just talking rubbish anyway. MiddleBartonYellow
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Tue 27 May 14

dorsetyellows says...

Clubs with ambition buy quality , oxford utd going to a car boot .
Clubs with ambition buy quality , oxford utd going to a car boot . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 14

3:09pm Tue 27 May 14

wayoutwest says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion.
So, assuming they'd take a drop down the divisions, you wouldn't take a 'free transfer' of a Premier League youngster who'd been let go or a decent Championship player who'd come to the end of his contract - "cos they are mostly rubbish players"!!??
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion.[/p][/quote]So, assuming they'd take a drop down the divisions, you wouldn't take a 'free transfer' of a Premier League youngster who'd been let go or a decent Championship player who'd come to the end of his contract - "cos they are mostly rubbish players"!!?? wayoutwest
  • Score: 0

3:50pm Tue 27 May 14

New Manor rename says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion.
Rio Ferdinand, Bacary Sagna to name just 2 out of contract players. They are not all rubbish there are several just seeking better deals. Sniffing out the right ones is key and GW is the right man to do it. I, for 1, am excited about the new season and think we have every chance of success. People need to stop the vicious circle, cutting the clubs income is not going to help it's development. Why is there the assumption we will be automatically poor next season? We have plenty of quality for this level and more to come; albeit at bargain basement wheeling and dealing prices.
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Free transfers are usually poor players that no one wants, now I know there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are mostly rubbish players, if our chairman wants to try and do it on the cheap then he won't get my support, after all doing it on the cheap last January probably cost us promotion.[/p][/quote]Rio Ferdinand, Bacary Sagna to name just 2 out of contract players. They are not all rubbish there are several just seeking better deals. Sniffing out the right ones is key and GW is the right man to do it. I, for 1, am excited about the new season and think we have every chance of success. People need to stop the vicious circle, cutting the clubs income is not going to help it's development. Why is there the assumption we will be automatically poor next season? We have plenty of quality for this level and more to come; albeit at bargain basement wheeling and dealing prices. New Manor rename
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Tue 27 May 14

deedee444 says...

BBB.................
......bring back Bulman..............
.....Wilders biggest mistake.....he's out of contract atm as is Tubbs ................ Maybe that's the reason he's keeping Hunt??
BBB................. ......bring back Bulman.............. .....Wilders biggest mistake.....he's out of contract atm as is Tubbs ................ Maybe that's the reason he's keeping Hunt?? deedee444
  • Score: 6

5:18pm Tue 27 May 14

HUGH WIGGINS says...

And this is a cub that is supposed to be showing ambition.
After 61 years of support I am struggling to justify renewing for next season.
This seems to be a general feeling among many people I have spoke to.
Stevenage, Crawley,Fleetwood have all achieved so why cant we.
Too many unjustified happenings at the closing end of the season makes one suspect the club does not want any further success.

Hugh Wiggins
And this is a cub that is supposed to be showing ambition. After 61 years of support I am struggling to justify renewing for next season. This seems to be a general feeling among many people I have spoke to. Stevenage, Crawley,Fleetwood have all achieved so why cant we. Too many unjustified happenings at the closing end of the season makes one suspect the club does not want any further success. Hugh Wiggins HUGH WIGGINS
  • Score: 14

5:28pm Tue 27 May 14

happyharryhardon says...

Yes I am saying apart from higher league players, if a player is good clubs want money for them, fact, you don't give away something that is worth money. Why would you. We always get free transfer players that's why we are not a very good team. You pay for what you get, you want a Ferrari you can't pay reliant robin prices. Our club has excuses every year pitch, injuries, injuries, pitch, fact is we ain't any good.
Yes I am saying apart from higher league players, if a player is good clubs want money for them, fact, you don't give away something that is worth money. Why would you. We always get free transfer players that's why we are not a very good team. You pay for what you get, you want a Ferrari you can't pay reliant robin prices. Our club has excuses every year pitch, injuries, injuries, pitch, fact is we ain't any good. happyharryhardon
  • Score: 5

6:12pm Tue 27 May 14

Brenda Jackson says...

It should be no surprise to the U's board that season ticket sales are looking poor, far too many matches at home have been awful to watch- and not even the consolation of seeing a few wins.
So, unless there's money significant available for GW to build a strong squad next season looks to be one of struggle and 'more of the same' as far as 'entertainment' goes.
The club cannot afford to drop out of the FL again.
It should be no surprise to the U's board that season ticket sales are looking poor, far too many matches at home have been awful to watch- and not even the consolation of seeing a few wins. So, unless there's money significant available for GW to build a strong squad next season looks to be one of struggle and 'more of the same' as far as 'entertainment' goes. The club cannot afford to drop out of the FL again. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 10

6:15pm Tue 27 May 14

oldun says...

I don't trust Waddock to be able to spot a decent player - given what he has done this summer . Chosen from 70 applicants? Just hope that I am so wrong about his inability.
I don't trust Waddock to be able to spot a decent player - given what he has done this summer . Chosen from 70 applicants? Just hope that I am so wrong about his inability. oldun
  • Score: 10

11:00pm Tue 27 May 14

hawkeye1 says...

I have just read how Fleetwood have gained promotions in 6 of the last 10 seasons, and credit was given to the Chairman, same story for a lot of other clubs in regard to the Chairman, I think IL has no clue, you mention
the board = his family !!!, we need a good investor or a better Chairman who
will put his hand in his pocket a bit more, ok IL has put money in but he
really messed up taking too long to fill the managers spot and down the
table we went, I don't see any hope for next season even before it begins, it will be a relegation battle all season or at best a mid table finish, so save your money and skip the season ticket me thinks, Luton will be strong finisher along with a few others but not Oxford unless GW can work miricles.
I have just read how Fleetwood have gained promotions in 6 of the last 10 seasons, and credit was given to the Chairman, same story for a lot of other clubs in regard to the Chairman, I think IL has no clue, you mention the board = his family !!!, we need a good investor or a better Chairman who will put his hand in his pocket a bit more, ok IL has put money in but he really messed up taking too long to fill the managers spot and down the table we went, I don't see any hope for next season even before it begins, it will be a relegation battle all season or at best a mid table finish, so save your money and skip the season ticket me thinks, Luton will be strong finisher along with a few others but not Oxford unless GW can work miricles. hawkeye1
  • Score: 0

8:08am Wed 28 May 14

onthebench says...

oxfordus wrote:
Level heads are what is required if we are going to pick-up the right players for the right money. Football is no different from any other business; its about getting the right returns from players on the right wages. Keep the emotion out of the transfer market and I'm sure GW will be doing fine. If you are looking for instant appeasment from OUFC by signing a couple of big names then you just don't get it. If you love OUFC and want them to do well, buy a season ticket. Sulking about it will achieve nothing happyharryhardon.
Well done oxfordus - a good post. Some of the comments here are very naive. Players are not rubbish because they have been released. Virtually every club at this level is running at a loss, but that cannot go on forever. So what do they do? They very often release their best players (because they are on the highest wages) albeit reluctantly. What happens if we go out and spend £100,000 on bringing a player in? I'll tell you - we have £100,000 less to spend on players wages. Therefore the rest of the squad has to be trimmed down. It's pure economics. The club is haemorrhaging money every year and it is simply unsustainable. All of you "supporters" who have said you will not renew your season tickets are simply making this situation worse. Less crowds, less cash to spend on players wages, we will not get the best players available (on frees even because we will not be able to afford the wages). The Chairman is bankrolling the club at the moment. What do people not understand about that? There is NO BUSINESS CASE at Oxford United. There will be very good free transfer players available - will we get any of them - let's wait and see, but it may well depend on "supporters" getting their season tickets to show their loyalty. Everyone wants IL to put his hands in his pockets (which he does keep doing anyway) whilst not making any financial commitment themselves. Time for all 'so-called' supporters to look in the mirror. True supporters stand up!
[quote][p][bold]oxfordus[/bold] wrote: Level heads are what is required if we are going to pick-up the right players for the right money. Football is no different from any other business; its about getting the right returns from players on the right wages. Keep the emotion out of the transfer market and I'm sure GW will be doing fine. If you are looking for instant appeasment from OUFC by signing a couple of big names then you just don't get it. If you love OUFC and want them to do well, buy a season ticket. Sulking about it will achieve nothing happyharryhardon.[/p][/quote]Well done oxfordus - a good post. Some of the comments here are very naive. Players are not rubbish because they have been released. Virtually every club at this level is running at a loss, but that cannot go on forever. So what do they do? They very often release their best players (because they are on the highest wages) albeit reluctantly. What happens if we go out and spend £100,000 on bringing a player in? I'll tell you - we have £100,000 less to spend on players wages. Therefore the rest of the squad has to be trimmed down. It's pure economics. The club is haemorrhaging money every year and it is simply unsustainable. All of you "supporters" who have said you will not renew your season tickets are simply making this situation worse. Less crowds, less cash to spend on players wages, we will not get the best players available (on frees even because we will not be able to afford the wages). The Chairman is bankrolling the club at the moment. What do people not understand about that? There is NO BUSINESS CASE at Oxford United. There will be very good free transfer players available - will we get any of them - let's wait and see, but it may well depend on "supporters" getting their season tickets to show their loyalty. Everyone wants IL to put his hands in his pockets (which he does keep doing anyway) whilst not making any financial commitment themselves. Time for all 'so-called' supporters to look in the mirror. True supporters stand up! onthebench
  • Score: 7

9:11am Wed 28 May 14

Yellowsinbrighton says...

Agree totally with oxfordus and onthebench. Strip out he emotion of frustration and anger, then take a long, hard look at the economics of the club. We are living out of IL's pocket, which is not bottomless but which has kept us from going bust, and we have to accept that the club can only be built on young home-growns and out of contract layers. (Anyone spotted the next Aldridge / Houghton / Saunders out there yet? Or oil tycoon?). Have faith; what other choice do we have?
Agree totally with oxfordus and onthebench. Strip out he emotion of frustration and anger, then take a long, hard look at the economics of the club. We are living out of IL's pocket, which is not bottomless but which has kept us from going bust, and we have to accept that the club can only be built on young home-growns and out of contract layers. (Anyone spotted the next Aldridge / Houghton / Saunders out there yet? Or oil tycoon?). Have faith; what other choice do we have? Yellowsinbrighton
  • Score: 4

9:36am Wed 28 May 14

bigchet says...

totally understand fans reluctance to renew season tickets for next season after this years dismal finish but equally they must see that in the precarious financial position that the club is in the lack of ticket sales will worsen the problems in getting in new players. we have some good youngsters coming through but most are not ready to be the mainstay of a long campaign .patience is not my strong point but i think im going to have to accept its going to be a long haul.
totally understand fans reluctance to renew season tickets for next season after this years dismal finish but equally they must see that in the precarious financial position that the club is in the lack of ticket sales will worsen the problems in getting in new players. we have some good youngsters coming through but most are not ready to be the mainstay of a long campaign .patience is not my strong point but i think im going to have to accept its going to be a long haul. bigchet
  • Score: 1

10:53am Wed 28 May 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

If cash is that tight then only Admin is going to follow..
If cash is that tight then only Admin is going to follow.. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Wed 28 May 14

Doctor69 says...

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.
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. Doctor69
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Wed 28 May 14

Eraser says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Yes I am saying apart from higher league players, if a player is good clubs want money for them, fact, you don't give away something that is worth money. Why would you. We always get free transfer players that's why we are not a very good team. You pay for what you get, you want a Ferrari you can't pay reliant robin prices. Our club has excuses every year pitch, injuries, injuries, pitch, fact is we ain't any good.
Eastleigh got Beano for nothing - Robin Reliant???
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Yes I am saying apart from higher league players, if a player is good clubs want money for them, fact, you don't give away something that is worth money. Why would you. We always get free transfer players that's why we are not a very good team. You pay for what you get, you want a Ferrari you can't pay reliant robin prices. Our club has excuses every year pitch, injuries, injuries, pitch, fact is we ain't any good.[/p][/quote]Eastleigh got Beano for nothing - Robin Reliant??? Eraser
  • Score: 0

3:53pm Wed 28 May 14

Eraser says...

hawkeye1 wrote:
I have just read how Fleetwood have gained promotions in 6 of the last 10 seasons, and credit was given to the Chairman, same story for a lot of other clubs in regard to the Chairman, I think IL has no clue, you mention
the board = his family !!!, we need a good investor or a better Chairman who
will put his hand in his pocket a bit more, ok IL has put money in but he
really messed up taking too long to fill the managers spot and down the
table we went, I don't see any hope for next season even before it begins, it will be a relegation battle all season or at best a mid table finish, so save your money and skip the season ticket me thinks, Luton will be strong finisher along with a few others but not Oxford unless GW can work miricles.
We need to get KASSAM's hands OUT of IL's pockets if the club wants to go forward..
[quote][p][bold]hawkeye1[/bold] wrote: I have just read how Fleetwood have gained promotions in 6 of the last 10 seasons, and credit was given to the Chairman, same story for a lot of other clubs in regard to the Chairman, I think IL has no clue, you mention the board = his family !!!, we need a good investor or a better Chairman who will put his hand in his pocket a bit more, ok IL has put money in but he really messed up taking too long to fill the managers spot and down the table we went, I don't see any hope for next season even before it begins, it will be a relegation battle all season or at best a mid table finish, so save your money and skip the season ticket me thinks, Luton will be strong finisher along with a few others but not Oxford unless GW can work miricles.[/p][/quote]We need to get KASSAM's hands OUT of IL's pockets if the club wants to go forward.. Eraser
  • Score: 1

4:43pm Wed 28 May 14

swalker260 says...

They got Beano for nothing as we would not pay him a decent wage, he showed loyalty to Oxford and all our manager did was offer him a contract he knew he could not accept

OUFC do have financial issues but if you pay peanuts any decent players in my opinion will be signed by those who pay the most

Yes there will be the die hard supporters who will buy their season ticket and I hold my hand out to them

But based on what I have seen we seem to be trying to put together a side on shoe strings and it won't work

You have to invest to bring success!!!
They got Beano for nothing as we would not pay him a decent wage, he showed loyalty to Oxford and all our manager did was offer him a contract he knew he could not accept OUFC do have financial issues but if you pay peanuts any decent players in my opinion will be signed by those who pay the most Yes there will be the die hard supporters who will buy their season ticket and I hold my hand out to them But based on what I have seen we seem to be trying to put together a side on shoe strings and it won't work You have to invest to bring success!!! swalker260
  • Score: 1

5:34pm Wed 28 May 14

happyharryhardon says...

Eraser wrote:
happyharryhardon wrote:
Yes I am saying apart from higher league players, if a player is good clubs want money for them, fact, you don't give away something that is worth money. Why would you. We always get free transfer players that's why we are not a very good team. You pay for what you get, you want a Ferrari you can't pay reliant robin prices. Our club has excuses every year pitch, injuries, injuries, pitch, fact is we ain't any good.
Eastleigh got Beano for nothing - Robin Reliant???
12 goals this season so yes reliant robin.
[quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Yes I am saying apart from higher league players, if a player is good clubs want money for them, fact, you don't give away something that is worth money. Why would you. We always get free transfer players that's why we are not a very good team. You pay for what you get, you want a Ferrari you can't pay reliant robin prices. Our club has excuses every year pitch, injuries, injuries, pitch, fact is we ain't any good.[/p][/quote]Eastleigh got Beano for nothing - Robin Reliant???[/p][/quote]12 goals this season so yes reliant robin. happyharryhardon
  • Score: -1

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