SCOTT Davies believes Oxford City will reap the rewards of his ‘buzz for football’.

The former Oxford United man has agreed to join the Vanarama National League South club and will complete the formalities on his move early next week.

Davies spent last season at Wealdstone, who play in the same division as City, but a troubled campaign only got going for the 28-year-old late on.

The midfielder missed pre-season battling a gambling addiction but, having overcome his problem, feels joining Justin Merritt’s side can bring out the best in him.

“Next month will be a year without a bet, which is a big thing,” he said.

“I probably did not pay football enough attention with my addiction and I had no support.

“Basically, I played football and got my buzz from gambling.

“But that’s all changed now. I have got my buzz for football back, and this move feels like the perfect one for me.”

Davies has known Merritt for more than 20 years, and although he was offered the chance to join City before, is confident the time is now right.

“Justin played with my dad at Aylesbury, and I have known him for a long time,” he explained.

“He wanted me to join a few years ago, but they were in Conference North and that wasn’t right for me at the time.

“But now things are different and the move ticks all the boxes.”

A creative midfielder, Davies was keen to join a footballing club who have ambition.

And he turned down offers to go full-time again to move to Marsh Lane, where he will again link up with striker Liam Enver-Marum.

“I wanted to play at a club who play with what I think is the right philosophy,” he said.

“I want to get on the ball and try and make things happen.

“With my type of game I am going to give the ball away and things will not always come off, but I won’t stop trying to create.

“If everything I tried worked, I would be in the Premier League.

“Justin has told me what he wants, and has also signed Liam from Basingstoke, and I played with him for five or six years in Reading’s youth team so there’s a lot to be positive about.”

He added: “I had offers elsewhere and could have gone professional, but I am thinking long-term.

“I am studying for a degree in professional sports writing and broadcasting and work Monday to Friday, so my life is different now.

“I didn’t want to have another year or two in the pro game and then be back to square one.

“I am hoping to do something in the media at a later date – I love talking and love football so it’s quite a good combination.

“But everything is fine with me now and I am in a good place.

“I go around clubs as part of the PFA talking to people about gambling and trying to help them which is really good.

“I do not gamble any more, and now I work hard and am buzzing to play football every Saturday.”