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Get ready for the Wright stuff

Oxford Mail: 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

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.

Wet and windy weather forecast for Bank Holiday Monday

Oxford Mail: Shoppers struggle with their brollies at Carfax as high winds and heavy rain swept the county yesterday

2:18pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

The Bank Holiday is forecast to end with wet and windy weather as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning. 

Abingdon after-school club shut down after Ofsted investigation

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Club accused of failing to report abuse allegations and of other failures. Read the report in full here

Pink dalek roams streets of Oxford to exterminate cancer

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A SELF-confessed “massive” Doctor Who fan has raised thousands of pounds for charity after building a life-sized Dalek.

Carterton turns out to greet Wreath of Respect

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A CROWD of 50 ex-servicemen and well-wishers last night welcomed a cavalcade carrying a wreath into Carterton as part of its UK tour.

Cowley plant worker died after exposure to asbestos

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

8:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A FORMER Cowley plant health and safety officer died from exposure to asbestos at the factory, a coroner ruled.

Co-defendants deny trying to cover up Connor’s killing

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

TWO friends of Will Blencowe have denied helping him escape justice after he fatally stabbed city teenager Connor Tremble.

No charges for four held over forces bomb

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

7:40am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Four people arrested in connection with a letter bomb sent to Oxford’s Armed Forces Recruitment Office have been released without charge.

£1m cut flowers display worth a look

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

CREATIVITY will blossom as thousands of flowers are to decorate Lady Margaret Hall over the weekend.

Patients to get free browsing at Oxford hospitals

Oxford Mail: oxford university trust hospitals logo

7:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

HOSPITAL patients will now be able to make the most of their tablets and smartphones after the launch of a new free guest wifi service.

500 new home sites in Bicester, Banbury and Kidlington identified in ‘blueprint’

Oxford Mail: Cherwell district council logo

7:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THOUSANDS of new homes could be built in Bicester, Banbury and Kidlington under new plans drawn up by Cherwell District Council (CDC).

Man says sorry as pal pushes attempted Bicester robbery victim

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A MAN apologised after his friend pushed a 24-year-old into a stream in Bicester and demanded cash.

A splash of colour will give ‘dull’ Leys tower major lift

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

IMAGES of what the towers in Blackbird Leys will look like after the results of the residents’ votes over colours have been revealed.

Plan for cyclists to share pavements with pedestrians in Frideswide revamp

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Frideswide Square could become “shared space” between pedestrians and cyclists, transport officials have said.

Picture special: David Cameron hits the surf on holiday in Cornwall

Oxford Mail:

6:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

PRIME Minister David Cameron was back on holiday body-boarding in Cornwall today.

Brown eager to give U's fans cheer

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

JUNIOR Brown believes Oxford United will be inspired by a big crowd this afternoon as they host Portsmouth.

United boss could name same again

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

WITH no new injury concerns Oxford United could name an unchanged starting line-up for the first time this season.

Stick with us, says Oxford skipper

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

Jake Wright believes Oxford United’s attractive style will mean supporters continue to back the team while they attempt to recover from a slow start to the season.

Slow start no cause for concern - Oxford United boss

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

NO points, no goals from open play, no clean sheets – Oxford United’s start to Sky Bet League Two would give plenty of coaches sleepless nights.

Hylton's happy to roam in quest for Oxford United goals

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

DANNY Hylton says he is enjoying being given added freedom by Oxford United boss Michael Appleton to cause other teams problems.

Oxford Utd v Portsmouth - Updates

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

2:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

All the news from Oxford United's home game against Portsmouth.

Brown eager to give U's fans cheer

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

JUNIOR Brown believes Oxford United will be inspired by a big crowd this afternoon as they host Portsmouth.

CRICKET: Robyns and Spears rescue Oxfordshire Under 17s

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE Under 17s put in a superb performance to beat Sussex by one wicket on first innings in their friendly at Blackstone, Hove.

MOTORSPORT: Plato aiming to bridge the gap

Oxford Mail: Jason Plato takes the tighest line on the way to fourth spot

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Oxford's Jason Plato is determined to close the gap on leader Colin Turkington as he bids to maintain his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship challenge at Knockhill in Scotland tomorrow.

United boss could name same again

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

WITH no new injury concerns Oxford United could name an unchanged starting line-up for the first time this season.

ATHLETICS: England's relishing 800m challenge

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

HANNAH England would love to make tomorrow’s foray in the 800m a regular event, writes STUART WEIR.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh look to sign off pre-season on a high

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

London Welsh conclude preparations for the Aviva Premiership campaign when they play their final pre-season match at Pontypridd today (2.30).

MOTORSPORT: Marussia seeking to keep Chilton for rest of season

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon has insisted the team are “working towards” ensuring Max Chilton retains his seat for the remainder of the season.

MOTORSPORT: Massa sets sights on podium finish in Belgium

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Williams driver Felipe Massa is ready to battle for a place on the podium in tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix after moving up a gear in the second practice session.

MOTORSPORT: Robinson sisters revved up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

East Hagbourne’s Leah Robinson stormed to victory in the final Ladies and Girls ACU Luscombe Suzuki Leeds British Trials Championship event of the season in Richmond, Yorkshire.

 

 

 

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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
  • Score: 1

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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