Oxford United to decide on contracts

Deal or no deal?: Asa Hall (left) and Adam Chapman will find out today if they will be offered new contracts

Deal or no deal?: Asa Hall (left) and Adam Chapman will find out today if they will be offered new contracts

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OXFORD United’s out-of-contract players will find out today whether they will be offered new deals.

All of the squad are set for individual meetings with manager Chris Wilder to assess their contributions to a season which ended in disappointment last weekend, as the U’s missed out on the play-offs.

For seven players, whose deals expire this summer, the outcome of the discussions will either see them enter negotiations for a new contract, or released.

Wilder was tight-lipped on his plans for the group, which amounts to almost a third of the senior squad, but admitted departures were inevitable to make room for new signings during the close season.

He said: “There will be players moving on, as always happens.

“There are real big decisions to make and I’m brave enough to make them – I have done in the past.

“We have to improve and if that means next year we get into the play-offs or automatic promotion then we’ll have hit our goal.”

Some of those affected will be more confident than others of featuring for the U’s next season.

Asa Hall told the Oxford Mail last month he was keen to stay and the midfielder’s strong finish to the campaign, which included six goals in 12 games, makes a persuasive argument for extending his stay.

Adam Chapman is also in a good position after featuring prominently since returning to the side in March following a lengthy lay-off.

Oli Johnson expressed an interest to stay last week and although injuries have limited the ex-Norwich City winger since joining in January, he may have done enough to be retained.

At the other end of the scale, it would be a major surprise if Paul McLaren was offered new terms, with the 35-year-old making just one substitute appearance since November.

Mark Wilson is another player unlikely to avoid the axe. The former Manchester United midfielder failed to establish himself after signing a short-term deal in January and did not feature in the final six games of the season.

With just six league starts under his belt this season Anthony Tonkin may also be forced to look elsewhere after falling behind Liam Davis and Tony Capaldi in the pecking order at left back.

Wayne Brown’s future is arguably the most difficult to call.

The 35-year-old made only four appearances this season, but with youngster Max Crocombe not yet deemed ready for senior football, the veteran goalkeeper may be kept on as Ryan Clarke’s understudy, possibly as part of a player/coach role.

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9:36am Tue 8 May 12

dave from witney says...

There won't be many surprises in who gets to stay with the out of contract list, It's who gets listed for offers from the remainder. Reckon Constable will be one of five or six deemed no longer having a future with us.
There won't be many surprises in who gets to stay with the out of contract list, It's who gets listed for offers from the remainder. Reckon Constable will be one of five or six deemed no longer having a future with us. dave from witney
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10:51am Tue 8 May 12

thame-yellow says...

Well Paul Mclaren said good bye to everone on twitter yesterday anyway. So there one sorted . I agree with dave i think beno is on his way. I now think it may be time. But the club need to get a coach that can work with forwards cw was a full back all his playing time, am center half.mad dog is just mad dog. And it is easy to see the season cw can not pick a striker or work with them ! Forever yellow and blue
Well Paul Mclaren said good bye to everone on twitter yesterday anyway. So there one sorted . I agree with dave i think beno is on his way. I now think it may be time. But the club need to get a coach that can work with forwards cw was a full back all his playing time, am center half.mad dog is just mad dog. And it is easy to see the season cw can not pick a striker or work with them ! Forever yellow and blue thame-yellow
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11:09am Tue 8 May 12

bigchet says...

dont honestly see why some fans call for jc to be moved on, although he has a poor goals return this term he is still our leading goalscorer and im sure his form will return. dont forget that when he had the chance to leave for more money he elected to stay and that to me is a big plus. also cw has had a lot of flack for letting midson and green move on and do well at new clubs and will be wary of a repeat as jc is a proven goalscorer and would be hard to replace with our limited resources.
dont honestly see why some fans call for jc to be moved on, although he has a poor goals return this term he is still our leading goalscorer and im sure his form will return. dont forget that when he had the chance to leave for more money he elected to stay and that to me is a big plus. also cw has had a lot of flack for letting midson and green move on and do well at new clubs and will be wary of a repeat as jc is a proven goalscorer and would be hard to replace with our limited resources. bigchet
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11:50am Tue 8 May 12

thame-yellow says...

I agree also on your option on jc bigchet. I like beno but if we carry playing the same way i believe jc does not fit in that way and becomes un happy . With all this in mind i think he has played his way out of cw plans.
I agree also on your option on jc bigchet. I like beno but if we carry playing the same way i believe jc does not fit in that way and becomes un happy . With all this in mind i think he has played his way out of cw plans. thame-yellow
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11:56am Tue 8 May 12

BigAlBiker says...

We should go and beg Matt Green to come back, 29 goals this season, fitter, faster and better, BIG mistake letting him go in the first place.
We should go and beg Matt Green to come back, 29 goals this season, fitter, faster and better, BIG mistake letting him go in the first place. BigAlBiker
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1:02pm Tue 8 May 12

london_yellow says...

The fickle nature of our fan base astounds me. Beano has been our most consistent, dedicated and proven striker for years and after a poor second half of the season people are turning on him. Give the guy an opportunity to bounce back, all strikers go through barren spells. If we offload him I know he'll undoubtedly go on and score 20 goals for someone else and everyone will turn on the manager saying what a terrible decision it was to lose him. Midson this, Green that... get a grip, neither of those players were right for the club, they've scored goals for other clubs agreed but that doesn't mean that would translate to the same result for Oxford. Think before you type of speak... please.
The fickle nature of our fan base astounds me. Beano has been our most consistent, dedicated and proven striker for years and after a poor second half of the season people are turning on him. Give the guy an opportunity to bounce back, all strikers go through barren spells. If we offload him I know he'll undoubtedly go on and score 20 goals for someone else and everyone will turn on the manager saying what a terrible decision it was to lose him. Midson this, Green that... get a grip, neither of those players were right for the club, they've scored goals for other clubs agreed but that doesn't mean that would translate to the same result for Oxford. Think before you type of speak... please. london_yellow
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1:24pm Tue 8 May 12

Tarkus says...

Not offering Johnson a contract is extremely short sighted, his first touch was best we have had at club for many a year, plus he had pace & desire too.

Oli I wish you well in the future & I'm sure you'll end up making Mr Wilder rue today!
Not offering Johnson a contract is extremely short sighted, his first touch was best we have had at club for many a year, plus he had pace & desire too. Oli I wish you well in the future & I'm sure you'll end up making Mr Wilder rue today! Tarkus
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1:40pm Tue 8 May 12

dorsetbob says...

Yes says it all , Green 29 goals, Midson 20 and if Constable goes to another club in the division another 20+ goals considering pdc offered 250000 for him proably a lot more goals, may be the manager has to take respondibility here. He clear out the whole lot as usual and buy in mostly good players as usual and then he start to train them and that is where the problems start!!!. He is not very good, sorry truth hurts
Yes says it all , Green 29 goals, Midson 20 and if Constable goes to another club in the division another 20+ goals considering pdc offered 250000 for him proably a lot more goals, may be the manager has to take respondibility here. He clear out the whole lot as usual and buy in mostly good players as usual and then he start to train them and that is where the problems start!!!. He is not very good, sorry truth hurts dorsetbob
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2:44pm Tue 8 May 12

Taffy Duck says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
We should go and beg Matt Green to come back, 29 goals this season, fitter, faster and better, BIG mistake letting him go in the first place.
I am not so sure. He had a very good run in the side last season and his finishing was woeful. Kept fluffing his lines and eventually CW lost faith. No one can say that he did not have a chance. Midson is a different story.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: We should go and beg Matt Green to come back, 29 goals this season, fitter, faster and better, BIG mistake letting him go in the first place.[/p][/quote]I am not so sure. He had a very good run in the side last season and his finishing was woeful. Kept fluffing his lines and eventually CW lost faith. No one can say that he did not have a chance. Midson is a different story. Taffy Duck
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4:11pm Tue 8 May 12

bigchet says...

i agree that fans can be very fickle as far as the jc situation is concerned, years ago when john aldridge was having a lean spell some fans had a bit of a go at him ,and he was arguably the best finisher we have ever had.give jc time and his form will return.on a different note some are enquiring about whether the club are going to be in a position to buy the stadium sometime soon. with our present finances ,it seems extremely unlikely unless we can get richard branson on board and unfortunately he does not seem interested so we will have to keep paying firoz kassam.
i agree that fans can be very fickle as far as the jc situation is concerned, years ago when john aldridge was having a lean spell some fans had a bit of a go at him ,and he was arguably the best finisher we have ever had.give jc time and his form will return.on a different note some are enquiring about whether the club are going to be in a position to buy the stadium sometime soon. with our present finances ,it seems extremely unlikely unless we can get richard branson on board and unfortunately he does not seem interested so we will have to keep paying firoz kassam. bigchet
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4:32pm Tue 8 May 12

dave from witney says...

I am not advocating that Constable should go, I just feel that the 'love' has gone between Beano and Wilder. Like Tarkus say's, I am suprised that Johnston has not been offered terms, unless he wanted too much.
I am not advocating that Constable should go, I just feel that the 'love' has gone between Beano and Wilder. Like Tarkus say's, I am suprised that Johnston has not been offered terms, unless he wanted too much. dave from witney
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10:40pm Tue 8 May 12

Taffy Duck says...

bigchet wrote:
i agree that fans can be very fickle as far as the jc situation is concerned, years ago when john aldridge was having a lean spell some fans had a bit of a go at him ,and he was arguably the best finisher we have ever had.give jc time and his form will return.on a different note some are enquiring about whether the club are going to be in a position to buy the stadium sometime soon. with our present finances ,it seems extremely unlikely unless we can get richard branson on board and unfortunately he does not seem interested so we will have to keep paying firoz kassam.
I would love to think that JC is even a shadow of JA, but unfortunately his biggest weakness is his finishing. He seems unable to do anything other than hammer the ball as hard as possible. If he could learn to vary his finishing and go for placement more than power, a bit more finesse, he would be a lot more potent and valuable. Maybe a forward coach would help in that respect.
[quote][p][bold]bigchet[/bold] wrote: i agree that fans can be very fickle as far as the jc situation is concerned, years ago when john aldridge was having a lean spell some fans had a bit of a go at him ,and he was arguably the best finisher we have ever had.give jc time and his form will return.on a different note some are enquiring about whether the club are going to be in a position to buy the stadium sometime soon. with our present finances ,it seems extremely unlikely unless we can get richard branson on board and unfortunately he does not seem interested so we will have to keep paying firoz kassam.[/p][/quote]I would love to think that JC is even a shadow of JA, but unfortunately his biggest weakness is his finishing. He seems unable to do anything other than hammer the ball as hard as possible. If he could learn to vary his finishing and go for placement more than power, a bit more finesse, he would be a lot more potent and valuable. Maybe a forward coach would help in that respect. Taffy Duck
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