Get ready for the Wright stuff

Oxford United captain Jake Wright, seen in action during the 2-1 win at Farnborough on Saturday, is looking to show his worth for the U’s this term

Oxford United captain Jake Wright, seen in action during the 2-1 win at Farnborough on Saturday, is looking to show his worth for the U’s this term

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Jake Wright is hoping a full recovery from the injuries which blighted his performances in the spring will see him return to top form when the new season begins.

Oxford United’s captain, normally so reliable, made a series of uncharacteristic errors in the closing weeks of last season as the team’s promotion challenge fell apart.

The centre back struggled to shake off a knee problem which kept him on the sidelines for six weeks and injuries to other defenders in the small squad meant he volunteered to play before he was ready.

It all boiled over in a heated altercation with a handful of fans after the defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge in March.

Wright’s commitment was questioned by some, something the 28-year-old robustly rejects.

And after recovering from the injuries during the summer, the skipper is looking to put it all behind him.

He said: “I didn’t do myself any favours and a few fans got on my back thinking I didn’t want to be there, but I 100 per cent want to be at Oxford.

“I’ve always stated I’m happy here.”

He added: “I was fit, but I wasn’t sharp enough.

“It was plain to see from the silly mistakes I was making – I wouldn’t make them when I was fit.

“The year before when I got player of the year I had little niggles, but not bad injuries.

“I think if I’m fit and have little injuries I can get through a season and be consistent.

“That’s what I want to achieve this year.”

Wright came through 45 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Farnborough and will get more game time under his belt in tonight’s friendly at Oxford City (7.45).

Several first-team players, including Danny Hylton and David Hunt, could return after missing the trip to Hampshire with minor niggles.

United are hoping to be boosted by a new face ahead of kick-off.

Boss Michael Appleton said on Saturday he was very confident his first signing, believed to be a midfielder, would be completed before the game.

City’s general manager, Justin Merritt, said the game would give players the chance to force their way into his plans for the new campaign.

The last time the sides met, in 2013, City hammered United 5-1, but Merritt says pre-season games are about performances, not results.

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10:25am Tue 15 Jul 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

personally I never doubted his commitment or desire. Hes a good player and we are lucky to have him.
personally I never doubted his commitment or desire. Hes a good player and we are lucky to have him. MiddleBartonYellow
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11:31am Tue 15 Jul 14

Richard Wickson says...

Unfortunately players often play when they have niggles and injuries but cannot do themselves justice by playing, it's a fine line but fans need to take stock of a players overall commitment before criticising. I am not Wrights biggest fan but do believe he gives his best for the team.
Unfortunately players often play when they have niggles and injuries but cannot do themselves justice by playing, it's a fine line but fans need to take stock of a players overall commitment before criticising. I am not Wrights biggest fan but do believe he gives his best for the team. Richard Wickson
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6:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

Wright should NEVER be Oxfords captain,he has no leadership qualities,something I hope the new manager sorts out very soon.
Wright should NEVER be Oxfords captain,he has no leadership qualities,something I hope the new manager sorts out very soon. kiddyboy
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2:56pm Thu 17 Jul 14

shouldn't say anything says...

whoops i made a mistake i meant to give post up above negative one.

clicked wrong one cuz i lacerated my knee on a metal bar and used any part of my body to block exocets and was running at 300mph ( get to grass level to see the unbelivable desire commitment and herculean effort the Oxford boys put in )

Glad Jake Wright Wright Wright stayed - i was worried he might leave

again to reiterate, heard an a new Oxford recruit said of Jake that he made his prescence felt upon meeting leaving in no doubt that he was The Captain

i'll go now

Up The U's C'MON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
whoops i made a mistake i meant to give post up above negative one. clicked wrong one cuz i lacerated my knee on a metal bar and used any part of my body to block exocets and was running at 300mph ( get to grass level to see the unbelivable desire commitment and herculean effort the Oxford boys put in ) Glad Jake Wright Wright Wright stayed - i was worried he might leave again to reiterate, heard an a new Oxford recruit said of Jake that he made his prescence felt upon meeting leaving in no doubt that he was The Captain i'll go now Up The U's C'MON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! shouldn't say anything
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